As the M&E community stretches to meet the demand for evidence, one question is whether or not to use software to analyse qualitative data generated from observations, interviews and focus group discussions. A related question is which software to use. But other equally critical questions include: how to ally methodological approaches to evaluation with the software choice, how best to work in a team environment. In my talk I would address these questions and discuss 3 popularly used qualitative software programmes from my perspective as a user: NVivo, Atlas-ti, MaxQDA. My use of each of these programmes on big data-sets has led me to assess them from a perspective of software and hardware, and I hope my insights will spare other would-be users some future angst.
Melita Vaz holds a doctoral degree from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor which empowered and diverted her career track from its origins in clinical service delivery and program management to research, monitoring and evaluation. Self-designated as a data elf with gifts for quantitative and qualitative research methods she is struggling with a Pandemic obsession to learn Python. Though based in the private sector in Mumbai city, she maintains professional ties with various universities through her training workshops for doctoral students related to research methodology and software. Her qualitative software journey has taken her for long visits to the isles of NVivo, Atlas-ti, and MaxQDA with a brief stop-over at QDA-Miner Lite. She has only taken a look at tourist brochures for Dedoose, and has plans for a trip to RQDA when travel conditions are favourable.
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