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Day 1 - Introduction to NVivo – building your qualitative database

The balance of day 1 (building your database) is conceptual and covers many planning decisions associated with gathering, importing and coding your qualitative data in a database environment. There is a practical element to the day. By the end of the workshop participants will understand the advantages and limitations of using a computer for qualitative data analyses and will know how to set-up a database, how to import data and how to code data. They will also understand the potential of NVivo as a tool for organising, questioning and reporting on their data so that they can truly support and defend their findings. The objective of the course is to equip the group with enough knowledge to enable people to begin their project using a computer-aided methodology. However, they will not possess the requisite skills to carry out more advanced tasks. An intermediate level training day (Day 2 would achieve that end. 



Ben Meehan worked in industry for twenty six years. For the past eighteen years he has worked as an independent trainer and consultant in support of computer aided qualitative data analysis projects (CAQDAS). A graduate of the Irish Management Institute and Dublin Business School he is also a member of the part-time staff in Trinity College Dublin, NUI Galway, NUI Maynooth and Dublin City University. He is a QSR certified platinum trainer and consultant. He has worked in all of the major universities and Institutes of Technology in Ireland and Northern Ireland. His work outside of the educational sector includes major global companies such as Intel where he consults in support of their on-going ethnographic research and the Centre for Global Health where he has worked in Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique (2009) and in Ghana, Burkina Faso and Tanzania with the University of Heidelberg (2010) and Ethiopia for the Ethiopian Public Health Association (2011) and the Population Council, Zambia (2012). Apart from Africa, Ben regularly conducts workshops in Germany, France, UK, Northern Ireland, Holland, the US (Maryland, 2011, Yale, 2012) and Australia. Ben is 59 years of age, married with two children and lives in Dublin, Ireland. He is passionately interested in technology and its utilisation in everyday life to enable people to do things more easily, more efficiently and better generally.