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1 Research. Relate. Realize QSR NVivo 7 Lyn and Tom Richards, founders, QSR International This is a very brief overview of the main parts of a project in NVivo 7, and the processes supported. It is designed to accompany demonstration of the software.

2 2 Why NVivo Seven? Totally new & redesigned software –So not just NVivo three Updates NVivo 2 and the NUD*IST line (N6) –So its seven Designed for the future, not a re-vamp of past versions, styles and approaches –Early adopter of new technologies –Ready for new 3-D Longhorn OS –Annual major upgrades from now on Free for site licences and maintenance agreements

3 3 So whats it look like? Familiar? Orderly? Normal? Its meant to! And… Manageable! Customize it, to suit your style.

4 4 New Screen Layout Navigation Bar with Group Buttons Each project part has its own folder (you can create your own to order items) Projects Simple navigation, Microsoft Outlook style, between the main parts of a project

5 5 Project Security and Integrity All data in a project, including all Sources, are kept in a single securely encrypted database file. So porting and backing up is trivial. No chance of others tampering with documents, no need for insecure doc file update log files… In fact, absolute project database integrity, even through computer crashes. Projects

6 6 Save and Undo Saves are not automatic, but reminders are. Why? Projects UNDO! At last, the qualitative researchers pace and process is protected. Dropdown list shows last five actions.

7 7 So a project will look like this Examples that follow use the Sample Project that ships with the software… C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\ Documents\NVivo 7 Samples

8 8 What are your data sources? Sources comprise Documents, Externals and Memos Plus folders you create Make a new document and edit in NVivo Sources or import straight from Word

9 9 Use Externals to bring other data in Create and link to external files Format for coding Edit to include any illustrations or links to tape segments etc.

10 10 And your concepts and ideas? Nodes – five sorts of containers for categories and coding 1.Free Nodes (unordered) 2.Tree Nodes (for category/subcategory cataloguing) 3.Cases (for interviewees, people, places etc.) Represent people, places, topics, concepts - entities 4.NVivo 7 introduces a thoroughly new sort of node: Relationships Not representing entities, but making statements. 5.And the final sort of node? Matrices (tables of qualitative crosstabs, in which the data for each cell is coded at a node.) Nodes and Coding

11 11 First - free and tree nodes Create them down from design or up from the data. Nodes and Coding Cut, copy, merge, paste to design the node system, using trees to catalog ideas

12 12 Coding at nodes Code by drag and drop or many rapid methods Nodes and Coding

13 13 Viewing coding at nodes View coding in 7 live stripes on source or node content and new Coding Density stripe showing all nodes. Nodes and Coding

14 14 Cases – to hold what you know In your study, what is a case? –Make a case node and code all material it. –Auto-coding does this Cases can have values of attributes –Attributes store information about those people, places, organizations… Nodes and Coding

15 15 Attributes - of Cases Attributes (like Gender) are properties you create for Cases View as tables (Casebooks) of Case Nodes versus Attributes Assign a value for the Attribute to each Case Node Casebooks can be imported and exported, e.g. to Excel or SPSS Classifications

16 16 Relationships – making statements A relationship joins two Project Items A relationship makes a statement: –volunteering requires time –family values encourage motivation to volunteer Code the relationship with the evidence for the statement it makes Nodes and Coding

17 17 Whats so new about Relationships? Relationships can be (and can code evidence for) –Descriptions, analytical claims, hypotheses, properties of things, etc. Display them in networks or groups in the Modeler –Complex theories, event & process nets, structures and organizations Nodes and Coding

18 18 Sets are more flexible Sets can now contain a mixture of Sources and Nodes (including Case Nodes). Use them for temporary and changing collections e.g. To review Use them as scopes for Query searches Collect them as outputs of Queries (for further study and Querying) e.g. Women who report excellent marriages Sets

19 19 And links come in three sorts Three types of links 1.Annotations are similar to comments in MS Word –Can list & inspect them globally –Can optionally be text-searched 2.See-Also Links to any Sources or Nodes or other project item or to any passage in any Source 3.Memo Links any Source or Node can have its own Linked Memo. Links

20 20 Find - locates Project Items Look for them by name The Advanced Find option can handle complex criteria for finding project items The Find Tool

21 21 Query – in plain language Queries are ways of locating specific content Queries can be saved for future use –Re-run them later when data have changed – command files effect –Edit them to make a similar but different search –Four sorts of query – text, coding, matrix and compound. Query

22 22 Text Search - like Web search engines Query Looking for either of 2 text items Check here to save the query Stemmed search? Can choose if text-search Annotations too Set the scope of the search

23 23 Many options for Query results Query What to do with the results? If you just preview, you can go on to save as a node, etc. Including some context with finds (spreading) can be a good idea, especially for text search

24 24 The hidden power of Text Search Read Help on Text Search Queries to learn about the hidden power of Text Search: –Items with finds are listed with a relevance weighting –Boolean search: e.g. for items containing social interaction but not community. –Use wildcards * and ? (like in Word) –Proximity (how close do you want fear and threat to be in a search item?) –What weighting do you want to give different words?

25 25 Coding Query: Simple & Advanced Simple looks for coding of one node in the search scope. Advanced allows the statement of many criteria in a natural English way. Query

26 26 Matrix Queries – see it in tables Choose the rows for the table… Then the columns… Then how rows and columns are related in cells… Then Run to make the table Query

27 27 The result is a Matrix thats live Show counts of Sources, words… Inspect a cells content – its a Node Export numerical table as Excel or tab-separated file Good one? Store as Matrix Node for future use. Query

28 28 Models New format, new functions – can include connectors, images. Live to data. Add associated items. (Use Find to select if there are many!) Models

29 29 Making layered models Use groups to layer models Add associated items to show patterns of analysis Models

30 30 Print Reports or export Reporting projects

31 31 Coding Comparison Reports Compare coding by two coders in two identical documents Reporting projects

32 32 What of your legacy QSR Projects? Opens N4, N5 and N6 projects, and NVivo 1 and 2 projects. Converts them to NVivo 7 projects Option to make Cases of all Documents (since Cases are more central in NVIVO 7) Merging Projects

33 33 Multiple Projects Run multiple projects together Copy/paste content between projects Project merging is done by import of one project into another – and you can import just the structure (e.g. all nodes but no content) or the entire project. Merging Projects

34 34 Where to go next? Of course, theres Help Help! Online includes interactive movies of Getting Started tutorials. Using NVivo advice is integrated online in the Help files, Working with your Data Please use Help! The QSR website has contact details of trainers and consultants around the world, a wonderful network of help and expertise.

35 35 And full teach-yourself tutorials… 10 tutorials for NVIVO 7 are free on the web at – –or for a pdf, They go with the 10 chapters of Handling Qualitative Data by Lyn Richards (London, Sage, 2005). –Use them alone or with the book. –Work from the web or print out the.pdf file.

36 36 And theres the Forum – please use it! The QSR Forum offers web-based discussion answering questions and providing ideas and research strategies. Please use it! Post your comments, suggestions and experiences with NVivo 7, and learn from others comments and experiences.

37 37 Come to the conferences International conferences on use of QSR software. Strategies in Qualitative Research using QSR software, University of Durham, 13-15 Sept, 2006. http://www.qual-strategies.org Call for papers out now: deadline June 1 st.

38 38 And finally, our thanks - to You for coming; CAQDAS organisers for their work in creating this event; Everyone who uses and feeds back on the software; Qualitative researchers, for the challenges of making software that will work with their methods. Contacts? For licenses, sales, information, etc about the software, To report problems in the software, go to Support on the website. For us personally;

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