Choosing the right software for your qualitative or mixed methods analysis
Choosing the appropriate analysis software package is an important part of planning any qualitative or mixed method research project. There are a range of options available, but it is not always easy to visualise exactly what a package offers when exploring it for the first time yourself. Equally when asking someone else for their opinion, it is not always easy to know what questions you should be asking. Most of the software packages, which help the researcher to manage qualitative data, are excellent products in one way or several!
Some researchers choose the package that is already in situ and make good use of it. But if you have a choice about what to purchase for your research project, you may be in some uncertainty about how to proceed. You may have basic understanding about what a CAQDAS package will do, but differences between what each package offers are subtle, but significantly different.
The CAQDAS Networking Project website provides a range of materials that highlight important considerations in the decision-making process. However, this seminar builds on this information, discussing the issues to a more advanced level. The range of products are described and compared, their methodological benefits and weaknesses appraised and illustrated using data from a range of research studies.
This free event is open to all.