Qualitative Data Analysis Tools

Qualitative Data Analysis Tools

While the University does not endorse any one vendor or product, we have worked with our researchers to identify features and functionality to consider when making a choice. This page focuses on qualitative data analysis software used in research studies. 

Qualitative data analysis software products vary and researchers should consider what product features are needed to support their particular study design. Researchers should examine the limits and functionality, as well as cost, of multiple products as they make a decision. We provide a comparison of a few possible options below.

Key Features to Consider

It is important to note that the selected software are only a few options that are available in the field today.  All qualitative software can assist the researcher in organizing the data; however, the software will not analyze the data for you.

As a start, we encourage researchers to select a product by considering the following features:

  • Length of time you will need access to the tool
  • Number study participants you anticipate
  • How much data you anticipate collecting
  • The types of data you will collect that will need to be analyzed
  • How you intend to solicit participants
  • Ability to access reports about your data collection in real-time
  • How the data can be exported imported into the software
  • Does the software have the same functionality across platforms (PC and Mac)
  • Data security during and after the data collection
  • Educational discounts

Important: Although a product may include a given feature, functionality varies across programs, plans, and even platforms. It is the researcher’s responsibility to determine which product best aligns with their project.

Tool Comparison

Although the University does not endorse any particular product, the below link provides a list of possible software options used by academic researchers according to the American Evaluation Association. Some products offer discounts to educators, while others provide discounts for students and/or faculty. Whether you decide on one of these options, or select one of the many other options on the market, considering product features and functionality will ensure your data collection is a success. Link to the American Evaluation Association's complete list of qualitative software.

If you are not sure where to start, this table offers a comparison of options that meet most research needs:

 

Dedoose

Atlas.ti

NVivo

QDA Miner

Transana

MaxQDA

HyperRESEARCH

Website

Link

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Free trial

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

PC and Mac

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Student discount

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Scope

Full web-based qualitative and mixed methods Support; interactive visualizations and analysis

Text, Digital Audio and Video Analysis 

Text analysis. audio, video, PDF, photos, web pages, YouTube, and social media 

Text Analysis

A tool for the transcription & qualitative analysis of audio & video data

Primarily text analysis

Qualitative analysis of text, images, audio, and video source material, code maps, auto coding, and much more

More information

Please also visit the UOPX Library page to access the Sage Research Methods Guides. The guides include full books, articles, videos, case studies, and more. 

The Research Methodology SIG hosted a webinar by Dr. Eli Lieber, CEO, Cofounder of Dedoose, on "How to Use Dedoose for Analyzing Qualitative and Mixed Methods Data". The session recording is available here (note: recording password SqMhtha5 ).

Have questions or need more support?  Reach out to oss@phoenix.edu*If you are a UOPX student, we direct you to first have a conversation with your professor or dissertation chair.

Previous Versions of the NVivo Support Page:

Previously, the University held licenses for NVivo and maintained a support page.  The support page is no longer updated but some information, such as the NVivo webinars, might still be useful for researchers who elect to use NVivo: click here >>