Organizing your data is more than a clerical task; it can also be a strategy for analysis. Most QDA software offers the ability to organize your files, with some even offering the ability to organize data in multiple configurations. Each way of organizing becomes a new way of viewing your data. Some organizational strategies may be obvious: your might want to sort files by research site or date, or may have already done so. But as you get further into your analysis, you may realize there are additional organizational approaches that can provide insight, such as parental status as in the example below.
In the example illustrated below, we can see that the interview transcripts have been sorted into folders and sets. Each interview transcript is in the Interviews folder. There is a also set for participants with children and for those without. These sets are now a way of looking across our data. Once we've coded the interviews, we can compare how the data looks in each set, as we're doing here using the Interactive Quote Matrix and the code for "Satisfied with flexibility." This organization and display of the data would allow us to explore how parents and non-parents describe their satisfaction with their schedule flexibility.
The MAXQDA is the same across Mac and Windows devices.