Qualitative Analysis Short Courses and Consulting
Qualitative Research Methodology
If you have questions about how to proceed with coding and analyzing your data, please contact Paul Mihas. Qualitative research frequently combines deductive and inductive approaches. Paul can help you talk through the analytical stages of your project, whether you are doing an ethnography, phenomenological study, mixed methods study, or grounded theory research.
The Odum Institute provides the following specialized computer programs for text analysis, as well as training and consultation in their use:
NVivo 7.0 is a software package that comes with its own programming language for analyzing codes, categories, and text and provides tools for the graphic representation of the relationship between them. It provides multidimensional matrix analysis of data categories for theory building.
Atlas.ti 5.0, a program for analyzing textual and multimedia data, allows users to code text, video, and audio data and to attach sophisticated memos to data as well. Atlas.ti allows users to create concept maps using links and to assign links different logical properties to these links. The query tool lets users ask complex questions of their data, including Boolean searches or queries based on demographics.
MAXQDA 10, a qualitative analysis software package that helps researchers code text and pull together coded segments. The software also allows users to merge qualitative and quantitative analysis by exporting and importing variables to and from SPSS and Excel. A memoing feature allows users to add reflective writing to their analytic process.
HyperRESEARCH 3.0 is a qualitative analysis research program that allows users to code and analyze textual data. The program allows you to view data from various perspectives, giving you maximum flexibility in analysis. It also lets you graphically portray master codes and the relations among them. In the map feature, users can either display codes according to a user-created hierarchy or simply group them according to theme. The program also allows you to merge the work of several projects while moving easily between Macintosh and Windows platforms.
Paul Mihas, 962-0513, is available for consultation about these packages. He can help you decide which might be of use in your particular research and can provide assistance with its application. He also offers short courses on some of the text analysis programs. See the current Institute short course schedule, or contact Paul to arrange a customized presentation to graduate or undergraduate classes and other special audiences.