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NVivo Underway – analysing your data

Prerequisite: Introduction to NVivo

Day 2 assumes these decisions have been made and focuses on analysing your data. And whereas day 1 is largely conceptual, day 2 is mainly practical.  Most people understand that setting up your database correctly is paramount to getting a return on the time and energy expended in learning the software tool. Given that manual interpretive coding in NVivo is not really any faster than using a manual system as you still have to code line by line, the benefit of using NVivo is in the retrieval and reporting on codes. Day 2 therefore focuses on interrogating (querying in database terminology) retrieval and reporting on results so that findings can be supported with high quality outputs or appendices. Also, the ability to support your coding processes with a clear audit trail (codebook for example), means that you can also demonstrate rigour for your methodology chapter which helps to establish your credibility as a researcher and by extension, trustworthiness and plausibility to your findings. See full course outline attached.


Ben-Meehan_avatar-96x96Ben 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.