Are you or your consultants still using tally sheets in the digital age? Are you ready to increase the speed at which you can use your qualitative data to make decisions? This workshop teaches you to organize your qualitative data more efficiently for evaluations using computer-aided qualitative data analysis. We cover the basics of qualitative data analysis and discuss the basics of transcription and data processing using first-cycle and second-cycle coding methods. We use widely available commercial software to organize, code, and analyze data according to evaluation questions. We also cover how to interpret the results of the analysis and present the findings in ways that are easily digestible and visually-appealing. The workshop shows you how to speed the life-cycle of data-use in your evaluations, while ensuring rigor and replicability. It is appropriate for commissioners of evaluations who need to understand what to ask for in the terms of reference for evaluation projects. It is also for practitioners who want to learn how to use computers to increase the efficiency of data analysis and quality of findings and visualizations. Join us for a practical and useful workshop that will move your understanding and practice into the digital age.
The participants will
- Understand the basics of qualitative data analysis.
- Understand the importance of field notes (transcriptions vs. notes vs. memos).
- Compare the different computer aided software packages including their pros and cons (Atlas.ti, Nvivo, MaxqDA, DeDoose).
- Be able to import sample data from an evaluation into a software package.
- Understand and articulate the analytical logic underlying coding schemes, and apply first and second round coding techniques
- Know how to code a range of source materials, such as interviews and project documents in formats, including MS Word documents and PDFs; audio and video clips, and various social media.
- Conduct comparison analyses and create basic descriptive statistics and data visualizations.
- Understand how intercoder reliability (when multiple coders work on the same project) is used within various software and how it ensures transparency and accountability.
This workshop is suitable for a wide variety of audiences, especially commissioners of evaluations and evaluators working in diverse fields and sectors. Commissioners of evaluations who want to include more rigor in their terms of reference regarding computer-aided qualitative data analysis will benefit from this workshop. They will also learn more about the software, which will help them to better evaluate proposals. Practitioners will learn skills that will help them to speed qualitative data analysis and writing of evaluation reports in a systematic and rigorous manner. They will also learn how to collaborate on qualitative coding and interpretation with their peers. The course will use real life evaluation data for learning.
The workshop is entry to mid-level. Participants should have some knowledge of commissioning or conducting evaluations that involve qualitative data, but do not require any prior experience of working with qualitative research software.
Participants should have some basic level of familiarity with qualitative methods and the conceptual aspects of coding qualitative data although no previous coding experience is needed. Participants must have an internet capable computer and be able to download files from an email or Google Folder.