Software Tools for Qualitative
In RSCH 8301, you used NVivo
software to assist with organizing and coding data you collected. However, you
may be wondering if that is the only software package available to qualitative
researchers and whether you even need to use a software package for your
Consider the Discussion topic
for this week on organizing and tracking data as well as the Dissertation
Rubric criteria on these topics.
To prepare for this
Review this week’s required
readings about computer programs available for qualitative research.
Investigate software packages
other than NVivo that are available to qualitative researchers.
Select at least two software
packages and compare them to NVivo.
Do you believe you will need to
use a software package for your dissertation? If so, would any of the three
software tools you investigated for this assignment be appropriate? Why?
The assignment:
Craft a 3- to 4-page paper in
which you do the following:

o  Compare and contrast software tools for managing and analyzing
qualitative data.
o  Conclude by stating whether you believe you will need to use a
software package for your dissertation and, if so, whether any of the three
software tools analyzed in this assignment would be appropriate.
Required Resources
Text: Qualitative Data
Analysis: A Methods Sourcebook

o  Chapter 2, “Research and Design Management,” pp. 45–52
o  Chapter 6, “Methods of Exploring,” pp. 124-128
o  Appendix, “An Annotated Bibliography of Qualitative Research
Resources”In Chapter 2, read the sections
on “Management Issues Bearing on Analysis,” “Computer Use,”
“Data Management,” and “Staffing and Time Planning.” In the
excerpt from Chapter 6, you will learn about the early steps in data analysis,
including the completion of a contact summary sheet, with an example provided.
The Appendix gives information about the types of computer programs you might
use for qualitative data analysis.
Text: Qualitative Inquiry
& Research Design: Choosing Among Five Approaches
o  Review from last week: Chapter 7, “Data Collection”
o  Chapter 8, “Data Analysis and Representation,” pp.
164–173Chapter 7 explores the key
concepts of the data collection process, including the data collection circle,
access and rapport, sampling strategy, forms of data, recording procedures,
field issues, and storing data. This reading is a review from Week 6. The excerpt
from Chapter 8 provides a comparison of the five approaches and describes
computer use in qualitative data analysis.
Research Toolkit

o  Walden Dissertation Rubric
Available from
The Dissertation Rubric is a Word document linked in the section for PhD
Dissertation Process and Documents.
o  Walden Qualitative DissertationsThis document directs you to
dissertations in the Walden Library that use a variety of qualitative
approaches and disciplines.
Optional Resources

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