Training Workshops

Advanced QDA Miner Training

 

Use QDA Miner like the experts do.  

This tailored course allows you to move on with your analysis using Provalis Research software: QDA Miner, WordStat and SimStat. The workshop concentrates on the sophisticated uses of QDA Miner, WordStat and / or SimStat tools for analysis. It focuses on ensuring projects are set-up efficiently and structured in ways that will enable systematic analysis and providing experience in using query tools to answer analytic questions.

​It follows the Five-Level QDA principles for harnessing QDA Miner powerfully, combining discussion, demonstration and hands-on practice with using QDA Miner, including:

  • Analytic Planning – ensuring analytic strategies drive the appropriate use of software tools

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

  • Individual Support – time for participants to discuss their projects with the tutor

 

All our sessions are bespoke.

 

Although our courses are structured around a logical overview of the qualitative analysis process, we do not deliver mechanical, functional training.

 

We work closely with you to understand your particular needs and future use of the software and design the right content, providing participants with a real sense of how they can best utilise the software to meet their particular needs, rather than what the software will allow them to do in a general sense. 

The design of each course therefore varies between clients, but examples of what can be included:

  • overview of the work environment - case, variable, code and document windows

  • project creation, customisation and personalisation 

  • manipulating variables and cases

  • creating codes and managing the workbook

  • manual and autocoding documents 

  • modifying existing coding 

  • text retrieval tools and keywords   

  • coding frequency and retrieval 

  • analysing code co-occurrences and sequences 

  • assessing relationships between coding and variables 

  • graphic coding features 

  • using the report manager and command log 

  • preparing projects for teamwork 

  • merging projects and assessing coding reliability

  • word statistics and text mining in WordStat 

  • correlation and comparison analysis based on word usage  

  • building dictionaries in WordStat, applying and validating the dictionary 

  • improving categorisation in dictionaries  

 

The course can use sample data, although preferably your own research material, to learn QDA Miner's functionalities in your own context.

​Prerequisites
 

Basic knowledge of QDA Miner: you should have been using QDA Miner for at least a few months on a real project in order to get the most from this workshop.

 

All participants are expected to have at least (as a minimum) the following experience with using QDA Miner (most will have a lot more):

  • you have created a project, used folders to create a basic framework for your project;

  • you are familiar with navigating around the software using the main menu ribbons and navigation bar; 

  • you have imported data files (although you may have some questions about the specifics of working with certain types of data, e.g. survey data, visual data, etc.);

  • you have done at least some early coding work, and be familiar with the basic architecture. 

 

Participants are encouraged to bring with them a copy of an QDA Miner project to work on during the workshop.

 

Participants will be required to complete a short pre-workshop questionnaire to enable the tutor to focus and tailor the training specifically to attendees’ requirements.

 

​Schedule
 

This course is tailored to you and can be provided as either a one, two, or three day equivalent session. The exact content will be worked up with you on the basis of participants’ likely uses and need. 

 

Who is this course aimed at?

 

This training is usually delivered to research teams and institutions and on graduate programmes, although the course is completely tailorable to your organisation.

 

In addition, we also provide bespoke project support and consultancy, as well as one-to-one support and coaching for individual researchers and students.  

Format and documentation

 

All our workshops are hands-on, delivered thorough a blend of demonstration, discussion and practical exercises, rather than providing simplistic, mechanical instruction.

 

To deliver a tailored experience for participants, we work closely with you to understand their research goals and analytical strategies. Participants will be required to complete a short pre-workshop questionnaire to enable the tutor to focus and tailor the training specifically to attendees’ requirements and cover the most salient topics, as well as specialist needs arising out of individual projects.

 

Participants are provided with slide decks, reading lists and a range of resources to accompany the course and to support consolidation of the topics covered.

 

Does this sound right for you? Interested in finding out more? Not quite right, but looking for something similar? Drop us a line to see how we can help. 

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