Qualitative Dissertation Consulting

Qualitative dissertation consulting is conducted using both NVIVO 11 to identify the broad themes and years of qualitative experience to assist graduate students in their qualitative dissertations.  At Statistics Solutions, we can assist in taking your qualitative data and analyzing it with you.

Organizing Qualitative Data: NVIVO 11 easily imports your qualitative data in the NVIVO 11 “Sources” navigation pane.  For example, a project we recently worked on the qualitative data were semi-structured interviews in different word files.  NVIVO 11 “New Internal,” then “Documents” let us import qualitative data from 20 different MS Word documents.

Your qualitative data can then be sorted and connected “Nodes.”  The two main types of qualitative data nodes are “free” nodes and “tree” nodes.  Free nodes are just a theme, where tree nodes can connect many free nodes.

Queries in NVIVO 11 help the qualitative researcher examine the frequency in which words (potential themes) occur.  This is a great tool to get an overview of the most common topics that occur.  For example, in a set of psychotherapy transcripts the words “anger,” “angry,” and “marriage” were listed as frequency occurring words.  Both of these words “anger” and “angry” could be put into “free” nodes, then collapsed in to a tree node (for example, negative affect).  In the NVIVO queries navigation bar, the option for matrix coding is available.  Matrix coding permits the qualitative researchers to explore how many times the tree node negative affect and relationship occur in the same passage.

One of the great features of NVIVO 11 is the organizing of your data.  When you code data into nodes or conduct queries, the data is saved in a way that you can read through (e.g., in paragraph or word size excerpts).  This saves the qualitative researcher the labor intensive task of going back and forth in the data to find the excerpts of the themes.

One part of the qualitative coding that cannot be done by NVIVO 11 is the naming of the themes or the human insight into whether the themes make sense.