Introduction to NVivo for qualitative and mixed-methods analysis

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University of Surrey


Dr Sarah Bulloch


12/05/2021 - 13/05/2021




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NVivo is a powerful software for the qualitative and mixed-methods analysis of text, audio, video, survey and social media data.


This two day course provides a comprehensive overview of NVivo and an opportunity for participants to practice tasks using their own data, where appropriate. The focus is on gaining confidence in setting up a project efficiently, managing and organising data, exploring and conceptualising data and interrogating and visualising data.


The course combines discussion, demonstration and hands-on work, including:

  • Contextual discussions – developmental, methodological and analytical principles
  • Software Overview –interface, architecture, tools
  • Analytic Planning – ensuring analytic strategies drive the appropriate use of software tools
  • Guided Instruction – step-by-step teaching in the operation of NVivo and the use of tools for analytic tasks
  • Individual Support – some time for participants to discuss their projects with the Tutor


During the first day sample data are used to become familiar with tools, and the whole group follows common tasks together and practices exercises individually. Work is structured to provide step-by-step support.


During the second day participants set up their own NVivo project and work with their own research materials, where available. The first part of the day focusses on translating the tasks covered in day one into practice. Individuals and teams work independently, with support from the tutor. The remainder of the day focuses on experimenting with more sophisticated uses of tools. Possibilities and implications are discussed, demonstrated and practiced.


Participants are encouraged to bring their own research materials to work with (this could include transcribed primary data, literature files, reports pertinent to the project, etc.), although sample materials can also be provided.


Please note: The tutor will demonstrate using the new NVivo for Windows (released March 2020) Participants using the new NVivo or its predecessor, NVivo v.12 for Window or Mac are welcome to attend but the course focuses on functions available in the Windows version of the new NVivo, which are not all the same for the Mac version. See the QSR International website for product details

Course Contents

  • Principles of using NVivo throughout the research cycle
  • Data preparation, import and organisation
  • Data exploration and familiarisation
  • Coding strategies – including appropriate uses of auto-coding
  • Use of writing and visualisation tools to reflect on data and processes
  • Querying and outputting

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the structure of NVivo and how it can be used throughout a research project.
  • Navigate around the software and operate it to undertake analysis.
  • Understand the importance of analytic planning in harnessing NVivo tools powerfully.
  • Set-up an NVivo project to reflect initial research design and change structures as a research project progresses.
  • Identify NVivo tools that can be used to fulfil specific analytic tasks.
  • Know where to access relevant resources to support continued NVivo use.


Entry (no or almost no prior knowledge)


Price per person for a two-day course:
£348 Government and commercial sector applicants
£248 Education and charitable sector applicants
£153 Students

Website and registration




Qualitative Data Handling and Data Analysis, Mixed Methods Data Handling and Data Analysis, NVivo

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