Presentation on theme: "Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis"— Presentation transcript:
1Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis What is CAQDAS?Stands for:Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data AnalysisExamples of software:Atlas-tiWinmaxNVivoNUDISTDeveloped in late 1980s.Why would we wish to use these programmes? Why not do it all by hand?Because of the nature of qualitative data
2Nature of qualitative data largely unstructuredmostly text-based:transcribed interviewstranscribed discussionsfield notesother written documents (e.g. observations and records of meetings etc.)If you imagine you have conducted 30 interviews - each 1 hour long (some 60 pages). = 2000pages of text.Sorting and classifying becomes an unwieldy taskTell you about some of the basic principles underlying qualitative researchGo and read the theory yourself. See reading list.
3Tasks involved Defining concepts Mapping the range, nature and dynamics of phenomenaCreating typologiesFinding associationsSeeking explanationsDeveloping new ideas, theories or strategies[Ritchie and Spencer (1994)]Hand out (Ritchie and Spencer page 176)For applied policy research:Defining concepts: understanding internal structuresMapping the range, nature and dynamics of phenomenaCreating typologies : categorizing different types of attitudes, behaviours, motivationsFinding associations: between experiences and attitudes, between attitudes and behaviours, between circumstances and motivationsSeeking explanations: explicit or implicitDeveloping new ideas, theories or strategies
4CodingRecording your judgement about how chunks of your document are related to an idea, theme, or categoryVarious types:creative: tentative ideas or thinking alouddescriptive: storing and sorting datacitation: to identify illustrative quotes
5How can CAQDAS help? Helps you to: manage data (especially large quantities)classify your datastay close to your datainterrogate the dataVisually display
6What does the acronym ATLAS.ti stand for? “Archiv fuer Technik, Lebenswelt und Alltagssprache“ Translated: archive for "technology, the life world and everyday language“ The extension "ti" (pronounced TEE EYE) stands for “text interpretation” Project ATLAS ( ) of Technical University of Berlin Is the "birthplace" of a first prototype of the software