Software is cut and dried – every button you press has a predictable effect – but qualitative analysis is open ended and unfolds in unpredictable ways. This contradiction is best resolved by separating analytic strategies – what you plan to do – from software tactics – how you plan to do it. Expert NVivo users have unconsciously learned to do this. The Five-Level QDA® method unpacks the process so that you can learn it consciously and efficiently.

The first part of the book explains how the contradiction between analytic strategies and software tactics is reconciled by "translating" between them. The second part provides both an in-depth description of how NVivo works and comprehensive instruction in the five steps of "translation". These steps are illustrated with examples from a variety of research projects. The third part contains real-world qualitative research projects from a variety of disciplines, methodologies, and kinds of qualitative analysis, all illustrated in NVivo using the Five-Level QDA method. The book is accompanied by three sets of video demonstrations on the companion website.

The book and accompanying videos illustrate the Windows version of NVivo. As there are some differences in screen and interface design between the Mac and Windows versions please watch the video 'The NVivo Mac Interface' in the Component Orientation series of videos (available on the companion website).

The Five-Level QDA method is based on the authors’ combined 40 years of experience teaching NVivo and other software packages used as platforms for conducting qualitative analysis. After many years observing their students’ challenges they developed the Five-Level QDA method to describe the process that long-time NVivo experts unconsciously adopt. The Five-Level QDA method is independent of software program or methodology, and the principles apply to any type of qualitative project.

Please see the following URL to access the accompanying materials for this book: https://www.qdaservices.co.uk/five-level-qda

chapter |9 pages


ByNicholas H. Woolf, Christina Silver

part I|47 pages

The Principles of the Five-Level QDA Method

chapter 1|13 pages

Strategies and Tactics

ByNicholas H. Woolf, Christina Silver

chapter 2|18 pages

Developing Objectives and Analytic Plans (Levels 1 and 2)

ByNicholas H. Woolf, Christina Silver

chapter 3|14 pages

Translating Analytic Tasks into Software Tools (Levels 3, 4, and 5)

ByNicholas H. Woolf, Christina Silver

part II|93 pages

The Five-Level QDA Method in Practice

chapter 4|5 pages

Orientation to NVivo

ByNicholas H. Woolf, Christina Silver

chapter 5|45 pages

The Architecture of NVivo

ByNicholas H. Woolf, Christina Silver

chapter 6|41 pages

Mastering the Process of Translation

ByNicholas H. Woolf, Christina Silver

part III|42 pages

Case Illustrations

chapter 7|9 pages

Orientation to Case Illustrations

ByNicholas H. Woolf, Christina Silver

chapter 8|14 pages

Case Illustration — An Exploratory Literature Review

Exploring the Literature on Interfaith Dialogue
ByElizabeth M. Pope

chapter 9|17 pages

Case Illustration — A Program Evaluation

Violence Prevention Initiative
ByKristi Jackson