For most of my research projects, I’ve done qualitative data analysis using thematic content analysis, grounded theory and framework analysis. I have predominantly used focus groups and interviews as tools to collect my data. With this in mind, here are my 7 top qualitative analysis tools. Prices are in US dollars for consistency.
1. NVivo 10 (http://www.qsrinternational.com/products_nvivo.aspx): I undertook a training course to learn how to use this and is fairly easy to use. This has a wide range of features such as the options to integrate with social media, Evernote (one place to store ideas), EndNote (reference manager), SurveyMonkey and OneNote. Not only can you use this software for qualitative analysis but doing literature review. However, it is very expensive at £430/$670 for a new license.
2. Atlas.ti (http://atlasti.com/): Atlas.ti allows you to work on many documents simultaneously and link them, has a range of options for the visual presentation of the data, can use geo-data and import online survey data. This software costs £64/$99.
3. Dedoose (web-based- http://www.dedoose.com/): The most attractive feature is Dedoose’s accessiblilty. It is easy to use and like NVivo, enables you to share and collaborate in a secure way. After the first free month, it is £9/$12.95 month.
4. MAXQDA (http://www.maxqda.com/): MAXQDA is for qualitative and mixed methods data analysis and costs £77/$119. It is easy to code and manage data, has visual tools, allows projects to merge, it’s possible to link documents and it can generate word frequency data.
5. QDA Miner (http://provalisresearch.com/products/qualitative-data-analysis-software/freeware/): This software is free with limited functionality. It is possible to import and export documents, allows comments to be added and uses boolean text searches for fast retrieval of codes and text.
6. Quirkos (www.quirkos.com): For £42/$65, Quirkos tries to help you make coding as quick and easy as possible by using ‘bubbles’ (a visual tool), it’s possible to collaborate and share, supports many international languages, can use a variety of sources including PDFs and Facebook posts and can create reports.
7. Saturate (http://www.saturateapp.com/): The first notebook is free and subsequent ones are £3/$5 per notebook. A notebook is one set of analysis. This software is easy to use for collaboration and teamwork and works online with Chrome, Safari and Firefox, like Dedoose it is very accessible.
Happy coding and analysing!