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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Qualitative Data Analysis: Planning Qual Data Analysis

Resources on conducting qualitative data analysis

Current semester workshops

Spring 2023 Schedule: 

  • Monday, January 30 at 12pm, Library 314 or via Zoom |  Register for this workshop.
    • This workshop will be offered in a hybrid format. You may attend in-person or online. 
    • This workshop will not be recorded. A recording of this workshop from Fall 2022 is already available online. 

Workshop Description 

In this workshop, you’ll learn a method for planning qualitative data analysis (QDA) and choosing which tools you’ll need for your project. We begin by focusing on the intended outcomes of your project and moving back from there to decide your next steps.

Learning Outcomes 

By the end of the workshop, you should be able to:

  1. Identity research projects at different levels (e.g. knowledge, personal, publication)
  2. Describe the data you will use for your project and how the data type(s) and volume will impact your analysis plan.
  3. Articulate your ethical commitments and relationship with any research participants in order to ensure your analysis plan meets these commitments.
  4. Identify specific data analysis strategies that you may use in your research project.
  5. Identify which tools are needed for your project, including any QDA-specific software.


Workshop Recording

QDA Factors to Consider

The embedded Google Sheet below lists a number of factors you might consider as you decide which QDA software to choose for your project. 

You may find it easier to read if you view this document online on Google Sheets

Last updated: January 2020 by Jessica Hagman and Dani Carmack. 

Inspired by the NYU Libraries QDA Comparison Chart


Workshop Slides