Sunday, January 29, 2017

The 2017 pre-conference workshops will be taking place at the Flamingo hotel in room Carson City 1.

Directions to the room location can be requested at the front desk. 


The purpose of these three workshops is to introduce qualitative researchers to the implications of using Qualitative Data Analysis Software (QDAS) when conducting research and to provide practical experience using two QDAS programs: Dedoose and NVivo. Participants may attend one, two, or all three sessions at no charge, other than the normal conference registration fee. While participation does not require that you bring your own laptop, you might want to bring one with the trial software for Dedoose and NVivo already installed (instructions below) and with ample battery power! 

Noon – 1:00 pm: A Conceptual Overview

Nicholas Woolf, PhD, Kristi Jackson, PhD, & Eli Lieber, PhDNick will lead the first session geared to providing a conceptual overview of the role of QDA Software in the qualitative research process in the context of the Five Level QDA model developed by Nick and Christina Silver. This “big picture” approach nests the software training in the context of the ongoing discussions regarding the major developments in this technology since the late 1980s, potential pitfalls, and tips for a healthy approach to adopting and using such software (regardless of the software program). 

1:15 – 3:15 pm: NVivo

Kristi Jackson, PhD: This introduction will cover the basics in NVivo, including creating a project, importing data, journaling and linking (evolving interpretations, process logs, etc.), coding, organizing sub-groups, and exploring patterns and examining relationships via a few of the seven, available queries. If you would like to tinker with NVivo during the session (although you may also simply observe and engage in the conversation), you can download a 14 day trial at: (the session will be presented in the NVivo Plus for Windows, and although the screens look different, Mac users are welcome to attend!). 

– 5:30 pm: Dedoose

Eli Lieber, PhD: This introduction will cover the basics in Dedoose, including creating a project, importing data, memoing, teamwork, creating all a web of connections within the project (including excerpting, coding, and links to descriptors and memos), and examining patterns relationships using analytic features, and exporting. If you would like to tinker with the software during the session (although you may also simply observe and engage in the conversation), you can sign up for a free month at:

About the Presenters

Kristi Jackson, Ph.D., is President of QUERI Inc. and, prior to its founding in 2002, she formerly was the Vice President of OMNI Research and Training, one of the largest evaluation research firms in Denver. In her 15 years as an evaluation researcher, Dr. Jackson has served as Principal Investigator or co-investigator in a relatively diverse array of studies. These include volunteerism, early childhood education, literacy, violence prevention, adults with developmental disabilities, suicide prevention, strengthening kinship families, and smoking cessation. Many of her conference presentations and published papers discuss the implications of the growing importance of qualitative data analysis software and Dr. Jackson is recognized as one of the leaders in this area.

Eli Lieber, Ph.D., is Associate Research Psychologist and Co-Director of the Fieldwork and Qualitative Data Research Laboratory, which is part of Semel Institute, Center for Culture and Health at UCLA. Dr. Lieber is co-founder and president of Dedoose and has spent the last two decades focused on developing and implementing strategies and solutions for effectively and efficiently conducting integrated (mixed methods) research. Initially trained as a quantitative psychologist specializing in social-cognitive development and measurement, Dr. Lieber has earned a sterling reputation for developing creative strategies to maximize the use of technology in social science research—his contributions to the development of Dedoose being a primary outcome.

Nicholas Woolf, Ph.D., has trained several thousand qualitative researchers since 1998 in computer-assisted qualitative data analysis at workshops throughout the US and Canada, and has taught graduate courses in qualitative methods at the University of Iowa and other institutions. He has served as principal data analyst for numerous qualitative research and evaluation studies in diverse areas, including family medicine, public health, education, and management studies. Nick developed the principles of Five-Level QDA for helping researchers gain the expertise of long-term users of qualitative analysis software. His book, co-authored with Dr. Christina Silver, Qualitative analysis using ATLAS.ti: The Five-Level QDA method, with companion texts for Nvivo and MAXQDA, will be published by Routledge in 2017.