Presentation on theme: "Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis"— Presentation transcript:
1 Computer-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
2 Nature 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.
3 Tasks 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
4 CodingRecording 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
5 How can CAQDAS help? Helps you to: manage data (especially large quantities)classify your datastay close to your datainterrogate the dataVisually display
6 What 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