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Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis

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Course Dates and Times

Monday 7 – Friday 11 August 2023
Minimum 2 hours of live teaching per day
08:30 – 10:30 CEST

Marie-Hélène Paré

This course offers an interactive online learning environment using advanced pedagogical tools, and is specifically designed for advanced students, researchers, and professional analysts. The course is limited to a maximum of 16 participants, ensuring that the teaching team can address the unique needs of each individual.

Purpose of the course

This course teaches how to conduct four methods of qualitative analysis widely used in the social sciences using NVivo: 

  • qualitative content analysis
  • thematic analysis
  • cross-case analysis
  • grounded theory

You will also learn how and when to combine different components of these methods in a single study, as well as the criteria to appraise the quality of qualitative data analysis.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • describe the aim and objectives of each method
  • choose the right method to answer specific research questions
  • implement each method’s coding and analysis procedures in NVivo
  • generate visualisations for each method’s outcome
  • appraise the quality of qualitative studies that used the four methods
  • assess situations where methods integration is feasible.
ECTS Credits

4 credits - Engage fully in class activities and complete a post-class assignment

Instructor Bio

Marie-Hélène is a highly regarded methodologist who has NVivo Certified Platinum Trainer status. She has shared her expertise in qualitative data analysis with over 60 universities and research centres around the world, including Qatar and Iran. Since 2009, Marie-Hélène has been teaching introductory and advanced courses in qualitative data analysis at the ECPR Methods School. Her areas of methodological interest include qualitative evidence synthesis, decolonising epistemology, and participatory methodologies. Marie-Hélène is dedicated to advancing the field of qualitative data analysis and sharing her knowledge with others.


Key topics covered

This course provides you with advanced understanding and applied skills in qualitative content analysis (Schreier, 2012), thematic analysis (Boyatzis, 1998), cross-case analysis (Miles and Huberman, 1994) and grounded theory (Strauss and Corbin, 1998) using NVivo.

It fills a critical gap in scholarly literature and graduate training by providing step-by-step guidance in how to choose sampling, code data, conduct analysis and present findings of the four methods in a CAQDAS environment.

Day 1 – 4 are dedicated to the four methods, during which you will learn each method’s epistemological foundations and sampling requirements. Moving on to NVivo and implementing each method’s coding procedures, data transformation techniques and visualisation styles.

On Day 5, you will learn to integrate different components of the five methods into a single study, illustrating the promises, but also the potential pitfalls, of method integration.

The course ends with a workshop where you will critically review the criteria published in the literature to assess the quality of qualitative analysis. You will put forward recommendations for reporting this phase of qualitative research in theses or articles.

Outside live sessions, you will be able to discuss the course content, and troubleshoot any problems you might have with the Teaching Assistant.  

How the course will work online

The course combines pre-course assignments, such as readings and pre-recorded videos, as well as daily two-hour live lectures in Zoom, during which you will interact with the Instructor and fellow participants in real time.

To prevent Zoom fatigue, the course pedagogy includes small-group work, short, focused tasks and troubleshooting exercises using a range of online apps that support collective work and engagement with the course content.

This is an advanced method and software course. You must possess a solid  foundation in qualitative analysis and be an advanced NVivo user – meaning that you can teach a crash NVivo course to colleagues. You should be able to create codes and relationships, work with cases and attributes, create sets, run queries, generate maps and set-up framework matrices independently. 

Having experience in other qualitative software does not qualify you for the course. 

The Introduction to NVivo course provides an introduction to NVivo. You will have to practice extensively what you will have learned to become an advanced NVivo user and be fit for this course. The course Qualitative Data Analysis will give you sufficient knowledge to engage in this course satisfactorily. 

You must run the latest versions of NVivo (R1 or 14) to attend the course as earlier versions (10 or 12) have different interfaces and menus. If your institution does not provide you with an NVivo license, you can download the NVivo 14-day free trial. The trial is fully operational but can't be reinstalled on the same computer once expired.

Mac users must be warned that NVivo for Mac does not currently have all the functionalities of NVivo for Windows. If you are a Mac user and want to learn all the functionalities on this course, you must attend using a PC.