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Online QDA is a set of learning materials which address common issues of undertaking qualitative data analysis (QDA) and beginning to use Computer Assisted Qualitative Data AnalysiS (CAQDAS) packages. We aim to complement courses run by, for example, the CAQDAS Networking project, many independent trainers and the large number of undergraduate and postgraduate social sciences research methods training courses.


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Materials consist of text pages outlining issues and aspects of analysis and the approaches and theories found in qualitative research along with tutorials with audio and video materials. The Intro section explains how the information and tutorials are arranged and makes some suggestions about how to use this site.

We hope that members of the qualitative research community will not only find this material useful, but also will wish to contribute material of their own. This may vary from short reviews of books and web sites to more substantial essays and training materials. Please get in touch with us if you wish to contribute.


Online QDA and the CAQDAS Networking Project

The CAQDAS Networking Project resource is closely connected with Online QDA. Resources have been developed in close collaboration and are intended to provide a rounded service to qualitative researchers. The Online QDA site provides support for learning a range of qualitative data analysis approaches with some materials to support getting started with CAQDAS.

The CAQDAS Networking Project resource concerns itself with the use of software to assist in the processes of qualitative data analysis. In particular it aims to provide researchers with face to face training events at introductory level and online resources which will enable simple/complex and innovative aspects of data integration and project design to be considered and planned.

The appearance of the CAQDAS Networking Project logo CAQDAS small log on pages in this site will indicate a link to the more advanced materials on the CAQDAS site.


Creative Commons License
The resources on this site by Graham R Gibbs, Dawn Clarke, Celia Taylor, Christina Silver and Ann Lewins are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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Our funders

The initial development was funded by the UK Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) as part of its Research Methods Programme which aims to improve the standards of research methods across the UK social science community. ESRC GRANT RES-333-25-0009.



REQUALLO: Reusable Qualitative Learning Objects: Resources to support the learning of methods of qualitative data analysis in the social sciences

This project ran from August 2007 to December 2010, and produced case study exemplars of data and explications of the analytic procedures from recent, real research projects. Resources include data from the research project’s interviews or ethnographies, video interviews with the respective researchers, examples of different stages of the analysis and interactive, web-based exercises. They are usable at a range of student levels, from first year undergraduate to master’s. This material is available to teachers of QDA in electronic form. By producing them as reusable learning objects (RLOs) and open educational resources (OER) the resources are available directly to students from this Online QDA website and other online repositories.

The Development was funded by the UK Higher Education Academy as part of its National Teaching Fellowship Scheme. HEA-GRANTSGEN-EV103.


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