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Digital Skills Workshops for PhD Students (UNIGE & Geneva Graduate Institute)

NVivo Monday 25 April: 9h-13h Thursday 28 April: 9h-13h Friday 29 April: 13h-17h

DS23, DS24, DS25 - NVivo
Christina Silver

Christina Silver


The NVivo workshop combines discussion, demonstration and hands-on practice, using sample data and
(optionally) your own research data. It follows the principles described in Woolf & Silver (2018) Qualitative Analysis using NVivo, the Five-Level QDA® method.

The workshop is divided into 3 sessions over 3 days. Please note that there is a separate registration for each session.

DS23 - Session 1:  Monday 25 April, 09:00 - 13:00, online
Contextual illustrations – methodological and analytical principles, uses of NVivo in different contexts
  • Analytic activities in qualitative and mixed methods analysis
  • Introduction to NVivo components
  • Guided walk-through of an analysis project in NVivo
  • Preparing data for analysis – transcription and data formatting
  • Setting up an NVivo project and importing data files
DS24 - Session 2:  Thursday 28 April, 09:00 - 13:00, online
Software Overview – interface, architecture, components, actions and tools
  • Exploring data – annotating data, word frequency & text-search queries
  • Coding qualitative data – indictive, deductive and combined approaches
  • Retrieval and review of coded data
DS25 - Session 3:  Friday 29 April, 13:00 - 17:00, online

Guided Instruction – step-by-step teaching in the operation of NVivo and the use of tools for analytic tasks

  • Organising factual characteristics – cases, classifications, attribute-values
  • Interrogating patterns and relationships within and between data – introduction to queries
  • Visualising and Exporting data

Christina has been using and teaching qualitative data analysis software packages for over 20 years. She has conducted many different research projects with and without the use of qualitative software and has designed and carried out analysis for many independent organisations. She has taught under- and post-graduate qualitative methods courses in UK and European universities and has contributed to doctoral programmes across several institutions. As well as being director of Qualitative Data Analysis Services Ltd, she is leads and directs the CAQDAS Networking Project at the University of Surrey.

Christina is co-author of Using Software in Qualitative Research: A Step-by-Step Guide with Ann Lewins and The Five-Level QDA® method with Nicholas Woolf.


PhD students of the Graduate Institute will be informed of each workshop by email.  For any questions regarding registration to the workshop, please contact: