What is NVivo?
NVivo is software that supports qualitative and mixed methods research. It lets you collect, organise and analyse content from interviews, focus group discussions, surveys and audio.
NVivo is available free to all Royal Holloway staff and students here.
Working with your information
NVivo handles virtually any data, including Word documents, PDFs, audio files, database tables, spreadsheets, videos, pictures, social media and web pages.
As you work through your information, highlight key points, allowing for quick recall or analysis later. Take this a step further with NVivo ‘nodes’ - like virtual filing boxes they allow you to see all information on a theme summarized together.
Interchange information between NVivo and other applications like Microsoft Word and Excel, IBM SPSS Statistics, Survey Monkey, EndNote and Evernote.
NVivo lets you work with information in any combination of languages, allowing for true global collaboration.
Store your project database and research materials as a single file, making your project completely portable. Or store large files separately and link them to your project.
Making sense of your information
NVivo’s query tools let you uncover subtle trends, and automated analysis features let you sit up above your data and drill down into it. For example, search for an exact word or words that are similar in meaning to quickly test theories.
NVivo lets you track your ideas and steps with ease. Use annotations to jot down your thoughts, create memos to capture detailed observations or use links to ‘glue’ items with similar themes together.
Prefer pictures to words? NVivo lets you display connections, ideas and findings using a range of visualization tools such as charts, maps and models. What’s more, you can easily view the live data behind them.
Sharing your findings
Want to share your findings with others? There’s no need to retype or reformat your information with NVivo. Your conclusions, query results, models and charts can all be exported or simply copied and pasted .
The above information is drawn from the QSR NVivo website from where further information, help and tutorials are available.
See the Researcher Development Programme Moodle site for details of Nvivo training
Are there other sources of support and guidance for NVivo?
You may find the following resources helpful:
QSR International http://www.qsrinternational.com/support.aspx
QSR produce NVivo. These web pages include Tutorials, Short 'how to' videos and a ‘Getting Started’ Guide.