Workshops: Hands-On Qualitative Training

Please note: Fall 2021 workshops will all still be taking place virtually via the Zoom platform.  Link will be sent with registration.  Click on (red)  workshop title to direct you to registration page.

Join us for a series of hands-on qualitative workshops.

  • Intro to NVivo (for Windows and Mac)
  • Comparative Qualitative Data Analysis (QDA) Tools
  • Importing and Analyzing Social Media
  • Preparing for Qualitative Field Work
  • Interview Skills
  • Text as Data for the Humanities
  • Oral History Resources

Intro to NVivo for Mac and Windows

Thursday,Sept 16, 11:00am-12:00pm

Monday, Nov 15, 2:00-3:00pm

We will explore the software using a variety of primary source materials including: interviews, focus groups, images, videos, surveys, and social media platforms. NVivo provides easy ways to code, analyze and visualize qualitative data. NVivo on the Windows operating system has somewhat different functionality than the version for the Mac, and we will address some of these differences.

We will be working on computers with the software installed, however please feel free to bring your laptop as well. Note, the software is available for download for students and faculty in Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) only. Faculty, students, staff, and researchers from other Harvard schools may download a 14-day trial here.

Importing and Analyzing Social Media with NVivo

Tuesday, Oct 12, 2:00-3:00 pm

Come learn more about NVivo's features for capturing, coding, and analyzing social media data from services like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube. Previous experience with NVivo is helpful but not necessary.

Text as Data in the Humanities

Monday, Nov 8, 2:00-3:30 pm (*note 1.5 hours)

An introduction to the text analysis for literature with basic introduction to software packages. This workshop is an introduction to working with text as data in the humanities. This workshop will cover: gathering text corpora, copyright considerations, data cleaning, an introduction to some computational software tools, reading the output and analysis of topic modeling and cluster analysis, and general overview of common questions asked in computational literary studies.

Preparing for Remote Qualitative Fieldwork

Tuesday,Nov 16, 11:00-12:00pm

Qualitative research involves more than eliciting and analyzing interview data. Data management, an integral part of the research process, deserves special attention, particularly now that the field may be remote. This workshop is designed to assist researchers in mapping a qualitative research plan in the midst of a global pandemic through proactive data management. Data management planning for qualitative research affects each stage of the research process, from developing an interview protocol, to gathering recording equipment, carrying out field work, securing digital storage, making a transcription plan, analyzing data, and selecting a data repository. Open to researchers at all stages.

Comparing Qualitative Data Analysis (QDA) Tools

Friday, Nov 5, 11:00-12:00pm

Qualitative Data Analysis (QDA) tools have the potential to assist in qualitative research at several stages in the research lifecycle. This sessions provides an overview of advantages of working with QDA software, a summary of anticipated outcomes, as well as a comparison between QDA platforms.  The session will consist of comparing outputs from NVivo, Dedoose, and Atlas.Ti.  The session will conclude with a hands-on demonstration of the free, open source, open access qualitative research tool, Taguette.  This session is ideal for researchers designing their research project, selecting a QDA software, as well as those looking to maximize the QDA tools they are using.

Interview Skills

Friday, Oct 1, 2:00-3:00pm

Get set up for interview research. You will leave prepared to choose among the three types of interviewing methods, equipped to develop an interview schedule, aware of data management options and their ethical implications, and knowledgeable of technologies you can use to record and transcribe your interviews. This workshop complements Intro to NVivo, a qualitative data analysis tool useful for coding interview data.


Oral History Resources *Pilot Workshop*

Thursday, Nov 4, 3:00 - 4:00pm  Postponed

Learn about oral history resources available through Harvard Library.  You will leave knowing how to access existing collections, consider a live example of various methodological elements to conduct oral histories, and learn about support services available to record, transcribe, store and publish your oral histories.