Choosing and Using Software for Qualitative and Mixed-Methods Research

This series of workshops introduces how Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS) can support and enhance qualitative and mixed-methods research approaches.

The workshops explore methodological considerations in choosing software, and approaches to combine analytic strategies with software tactics.

Qualitative Analysis Strategies

Consideration is given to the following methodological approaches, positioned as 'analytic strategies', which are explored in terms of how they can be supported through 'software tactics' utilising the features and tools of particular packages:

  • Grounded Theory
  • Thematic Analysis
  • Narrative Analysis
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
  • Conversation Analysis and other Ethnomethodological approaches
  • Actor-Network Theory

Other methodologies are also explored – please contact the convenor if you have specific needs or requirements.

Software Packages and Tactics

The following different packages and their features are explored in different workshops:

Low-cost “QDA light” software packages: Quirkos and F4 Analyse

These support basic coding, memoing and basic retrieval available at low cost to students – including Quirkos and F4 Analyse and open up opportunities for participant involvement in the analysis process.

Industry Standard CAQDAS packages: ATLAS.ti and NVivo

Sessions introduce and develop approaches to using the two powerful packages available with a site license for Lancaster Students: ATLAS.ti and NVivo on both Mac and PC.

Working with Big Qualitative Data: Leximancer

Leximancer is introduced as a package to work with large qualitative datasets (including 1000s of articles or other data) for semi-automated thematic and sentiment analysis.

Delivery Mode

These workshops are delivered in blended mode and are available for both on-campus and distance learning research students. Numbers are limited to 12 per workshop for on-campus students, unrestricted for distance learners.

The workshops are available to research students from all faculties.

Further information and sign up

Please go to and follow the instructions on screen to sign up, access further information, view schedules for the academic year and sign up for the modules that meet your needs.