Online Resources

Online Resources

Make the best of available resources, already built to aid researchers using qualitative software to help chose the most suitable option for your needs

Five-Level QDA(R)

A CAQDAS pedagogy that transcends software programs, methodologies and teaching modes, developed by Nick Woolf & Christina Silver. Information about the method, trainings and a CAQDAS blog.

Don’t let the software drive the process: using the Five-Level QDA Method for producing high-quality data analysis using ATLAS.ti

Webinar on using the Five-Level QDA method for producing high-quality data analysis with ATLAS.ti - published as part of the IIQM ATLAS.ti webinar series.

Many qualitative researchers don’t use CAQDAS packages because they are concerned the software will drive the process or force them to conform to a single style of data analysis. But there are also many researchers who have mastered the art of harnessing the software in the service of their analytic needs. We developed Five-Level QDA as a way of describing what these experts unconsciously do.

Five-Level QDA is not a method of data analysis, but a pedagogy for more quickly developing this expertise. The method recognizes that expert users of ATLAS.ti clearly distinguish their analytic strategies – what they plan to do – from their software tactics – how they plan to do it. The core of Five-LevelQDA is a process of conscious translation between strategies and tactics that ensures that the needs of the data analysis, and not the capabilities of the software, always drive the process.

This webinar is in two parts. In the first part Nick will describe the principles of  Five-LevelQDA, including the difference between strategies and tactics and the process of translation. In the second part Christina will illustrate the process using examples from a variety of research projects.

CAQDAS Networking Project

Information about technology designed to support qualitative and mixed methods analysis. The Choosing a CAQDAS Package materials by Ann Lewins and Christina Silver include comparative reviews of many leading programs. 

Text Analysis Info

Harold Klein's website provides information on software packages designed to support the analysis of text.

Online QDA

‘Just in time’ information concerning Qualitative Data Analysis methods and techniques, including step-by-step get started help for selected CAQDAS packages. Exemplar qualitative research projects

Video Intervention/Prevention Assessment (VIA)

Based in the Center on Media and Child Health at Children's Hospital Boston, VIA is a programme of research projects in which children and adolescents teach clinicians about the realities of their illness experiences and needs.

Individual software developer websites

Most software sites provide product descriptions, demonstration versions, and their own user discussion forums. Searching the archives of discussion lists and forums can be great ways to find answers to common problems and explore the experiences of other users. 

Discussion lists

There are several forums and email discussion lists about qualitative research. Searching the archives can be useful.


An email discussion list run by the CAQDAS Networking Project enabling software users, methodologists and software developers to discuss any aspect of qualitative analysis using software

QUALRS-L(Qualitative Research for the Human Sciences)

An email discussion list hosted by the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia USA. List members discuss a whole range of issues concerning qualitative research - with or without the use of software.


An email discussion list hosted by Jiscmail, the UK National Academic Mailing List Service. List members discuss a whole range of issues concerning qualitative research - with or without the use of software.


Nick Woolf is the best instructor I have had for learning a software application....Nick's highly interactive teaching style significantly increased my success...I returned to work with renewed insight and ideas about where my research was leading. Nick presented a remarkably effective class for both new and experienced researchers.
Mary F. Annese, MPA, Research Specialist
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