Qualitative Data Analysis Using MAXQDA10
Lecturer: Farideh Khalajabadi Farahani, Visiting scholar of CSS, Faculty of Health & Society, Malmo University
Because of many advantages of qualitative research, nowadays many researchers are involved in qualitative research. They collect a lot of qualitative data as in-depth interviews, FGDs, and observations and generate extensive textual materials that need to be analyzed, while little is known among academics and researchers about how to use a tool or software to manage the textual data and analyze them. This workshop aimed to make scholars and postgraduate students become familiar with a software called MAXQDA10 which is a leading program for social science-oriented analysis of qualitative data, primarily text.
MAXGDA10 support analysis which is not embedded in a specific method, but lends itself well to a wide range of approaches, from more structured methods like “classic qualitative analysis” to the more open approaches, like those based on “Grounded Theory”. MaxQDA10 does not do the interpretation and categorization of the textual material, In fact, the researcher is the one who interprets, classify, and categorize the materials. MAXQDA10 has supporting functions and can take on some tasks, like coding, automatic searching, retrieving, reliability checks, etc. The development of MAXQDA is embedded in the development of social science research methods. Researchers of many different disciplines use MAXQDA, but the concentration for development is the social science’s concept of qualitative social. research and mix method approach.
For a Ph.D. student or a researcher who have started her/his thesis or project and are uncertain about how to manage her/his qualitative data, code your data (deductively or inductively), modify the codes, copy code segments, check the reliability of coding, manage memos, retrieve codes, search the text for some specific information, combine codes and make categories, themes, assess relationships between some codes, and make a map of the emerging themes and categories, they will find this session useful to think about using it for your analysis.
About the Lecturer: Dr. Farahani conducted her Ph.D. in the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2008. She has got also a master’s degree in Reproductive health from Edinburgh University and a master’s degree in Health Education from the Iran University of Medical Science. Since 2010, she has been working as an assistant professor at the National Institute of Population Research in Tehran, Iran. Since mid-September 2015, she is working as a visiting or guest researcher in the Centre for Sexology and Sexuality Studies, Faculty of Health and Society of Malmo University, and will stay until early November 2015. She has been involved actively in conducting many mixed-method studies about the sexual and reproductive health of young people in Iran since 2001 and published many papers in this field. One of her scientific interests is a qualitative methodology and she runs two different workshops annually in Iran since 2012. One of these workshops is “qualitative data analysis using MAXQDA10”, which is designed for Ph.D. Students in Health and Social Science. She is very enthusiastic to show the advantages of using the software in analyzing the qualitative data to social science researchers and academics.
A quote from the presenter, Farideh Khalajabadi Farahani
“I did the analysis of my Ph.D. qualitative data in a more traditional way of cut and paste and after learning this software that can be used for my language as well (Persian), I realized how life would have been easier if I would know about MAXQDA10 before. Hence I strongly recommend all qualitative researchers try and use the software. The advantage of this software is that you can do it in many different languages”