We are a consortium of expert methodologists, researchers and trainers in qualitative and mixed methods. From project design through software training, analysis and results write-up, we provide services to facilitate the production of high quality software-supported analysis. We have extensive expertise in methodologies and software but we are independent from the developers; we therefore advise based on what’s best for you.



Researchers, students and professionals working in a variety of academic disciplines, applied settings and business contexts use QDAS. Whether you are already using a CAQDAS package, such as ATLAS.ti, MAXQDA, NVivo, QDA Miner or Transana and need targeted and on-going support; or you are looking for independent advice about the best software solution for your needs; or you need support integrating qualitative or mixed methods analysis into your work.


We will facilitate your effective and efficient use of software so you get the most out of your project. Whether you are unfamiliar with qualitative software, need a refresher or more advanced training, we can help. We advise in the context of your methodological and practical contexts to optimise your project, your data, your way of thinking and  working. We also undertake analysis for a range of clients.



“…extraordinarily authoritative and seriously useful, detailed yet unfailingly interesting. It brings methodological goals and software possibilities together in an accessible and lively way.” 

Lyn Richards, Centre for Applied Social Research, RMIT University

Together, we have more than 65 years’ experience conducting research and training researchers to use customised qualitative software

Christina Silver

Christina has been using and teaching CAQDAS packages since 1997. She has conducted many different research projects, big and small, with and without the use of qualitative software – including her own academic studies (BSc, MSc and PhD) and many other academic and applied research projects.


Christina’s passion is working out creative and efficient ways to analyse different types of data using customised software applications. She has undertaken lots of health- and education- related research, but really, she doesn’t mind the topic, she just wants to get her hands on data! She enjoys the dynamic nature of intensive workshop-based training and bespoke one-on-one coaching where she can not only train participants in the operation of software, but together with them, design strategies that are best suited to the needs at hand. This way, she learns from those she works with – and everyone is happy!


Christina has designed and carried out analysis for a number of independent organisations. She has taught under- and post-graduate qualitative methods courses in UK and European universities and currently contributes to doctoral programmes at several institutions. As well as her work with QDAS, she is the Manager of the CAQDAS Networking Project. Christina is based in the UK but travels around Europe (and beyond).


Contact Christina via email.

Ann Lewins

Ann has been using and teaching Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis (CAQDAS) packages since 1994. She pioneered the development of institutional support for the use of this range of software applications, helping to create the CAQDAS Networking Project. She has worked with a wide variety of developers of software, methodologists and researchers in different academic and applied disciplines. She has trained widely across Europe. Ann is based in the UK.


Much of Ann’s teaching and research consultations have been to provide direct advice about the use of software in the context of specific research questions and requirements. A constant variation in the demands and objectives of each project has kept Ann grounded in the needs of researchers while she is always looking to optimize the tools available to help their work. She adopts a real-world approach to using software and alongside her other work with individual projects has recently specialized in providing advice to large collaborative research projects where the logistics and realities of work at grass roots have to be properly considered and planned ahead of time.


With her long experience Ann takes a lateral approach to rationalizing tasks. She is sometimes the ‘fixer’ – the person who works out convoluted or incremental software based solutions to a particular analytical challenge. This comes in handy at times!


Contact Ann via email.

Jennifer Patashnick

Jennifer has been using and teaching CAQDAS packages since 1998. She previously worked for Video Intervention/Prevention Assessment (VIA) at Children’s Hospital Boston, where she was the Analysis Coordinator for ten years. At VIA, Jen implemented the use of qualitative software to code, structure, and model data and was responsible for the analysis of large amounts of data generated by young people in the form of audiovisual narratives. Her academic areas of interest include medicine, child development, and linguistic anthropology, but she has worked with researchers in all fields from education to fisheries and beyond.


Jen loves the challenge of teaching qualitative software and methodology and engaging with researchers. Thinking through how software can meet the needs of and expand the horizons for projects and crafting specialized plans for analysis is one of her favorite things to do. She particularly enjoys working with people who are passionate about their area of study; she has been known to become as enthused about the topic area, project, and data as those with whom she’s consulting! In addition to consulting, Jen has served as an invited beta tester for several different qualitative software packages at various stages in their development.


Jen is based in the USA and resides near Boston, Massachusetts, but is willing and able to travel as needed.


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Sarah L Bulloch

Sarah has been using CAQDAS since 2007. She first explored the software during her MSc in Social Research Methods and went on to do a post-doctorate with the QUIC project at the University of Surrey during which she specialised in analysis of video data. Most recently she used CAQDAS and SPSS in the capacity as a co-investigator on an Economic and Social Research Council grant to undertake longitudinal mixed methods analysis.


Sarah is a bit of a methods all-rounder, having applied quantitative methods, including multiple and multinomial logistic regressions, as well as multilevel and structural equation modelling in her PhD. Sarah started her career as an academic, undertaking postd-octorates at both the University of Surrey and the University of Southampton, before turning her hand to policy and practice-based research as Research Manager for the disability charity Scope.


Throughout her jumping from sector to sector and from method to method, Sarah says her constant has been her love of teaching and finding ways of making the most of data, be it on social capital, trust, volunteering, gender or disability issues!



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Nicholas Woolf

Nick has been training qualitative researchers and teaching CAQDAS workshops in the US and Canada since 1998. He specializes in working with researchers from the beginning of projects to turn their research questions into analytic plans that can be implemented on a CAQDAS package. Nick generally provides project-based CAQDAS training to introduce the CAQDAS skills needed in each phase of a project. The focus is on efficiently completing the project, in terms of both time and cost. His specialism is ATLAS.ti.


For team and funded research projects Nick’s role varies greatly according to need. For some projects he serves as an outside consultant  providing guidance and training on an as-needed basis. For other projects he is more involved as a participating team member, and for some projects he undertakes the entire data analysis himself. Nick has been involved in a range of projects, from evaluations to grounded theory studies, in such fields as family medicine, public health, education, and leadership and management studies.

Nick developed the principles of Five-Level QDA to helping researchers more quickly gain the expertise of long-term users of CAQDAS. He works with Christina Silver in further developing and offering the method as a CAQDAS pedagogy. Their textbook Five-Level QDA: A method for harnessing powerfully will be published in 2017.


For more information about Nick’s work see here

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Duncan Branley

Duncan has been using and teaching CAQDAS packages since 1996. Since then he has taught hundreds of research students and staff how to think about using CAQDAS software to help them explore their research questions. He has consulted on a number of large research projects in the social sciences as well as arts and humanities. He has developed and taught courses on the use of audio in social and cultural research interviews. He has experience of working with NVivo Server.


He is also a Teaching Fellow at the CAQDAS Networking Project. He is based in the UK.


As well as his work with QDAS, Duncan is a therapist working with adult couples.


Contact Duncan via email

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