We teach on many open-registration workshops, as well as arranging tailored onsite events to suit your needs.

Please see below our forthcoming events, or get in touch to discuss how we can work with you to design and run a more specific training event for you. 

Recent events

Getting the best out of CAQDAS packages – the Five-Level QDA® method

3rd World Conference on Qualitative Research (WCQR), Lisbon

17th October 2018

Many qualitative researchers don’t use CAQDAS packages because they are concerned the software will drive the process or force them to conform to a single style of data analysis. But there are also many researchers who have mastered the art of harnessing the software in the service of their analytic needs. We developedFive-LevelQDA as a way of describing what these experts unconsciously do.

Five-LevelQDA is not a method of data analysis, but a pedagogy for more quickly developing this expertise. The method recognizes that expert users of CAQDAS packages clearly distinguish their analytic strategies – what they plan to do – from their software tactics – how they plan to do it. The core of Five-LevelQDA is a process of conscious translation between strategies and tactics that ensures that the needs of the data analysis, and not the capabilities of the software, always drive the process.

In this session Christina will describe the genesis and principles of the Five-Level QDA method and provide illustrative examples of the translation process.

Harnessing CAQDAS packages

NCRM Methods Festival, University of Bath

July 4th 2018 

Qualitative software is well-established and its use is widespread. Yet using CAQDAS packages can elicit an unconscious mindset resulting in cut-and-dried software features influencing the choices made in emergent and idiosyncratic analyses – to the detriment of the research. The Five-Level QDA method overcomes this mindset by consciously distinguishing analytic strategies from software tactics to ensure that software capabilities do not drive the process. This session describes the genesis and principles of the Five-Level QDA method and illustrates its application in different methodological and teaching contexts using three leading CAQDAS packages - ATLAS.ti, MAXQDA and NVivo.

Mastering qualitative software analysis with the Five-Level QDA® method

2 day workshops in London in early 2018 focusing on using the Five Level QDA method to ensure your use of software is driven by the objectives of your research project.

Three small workshops, focussed on NVivo, ATLAS.ti and MAXQDA, will enable you to develop the expertise you need to produce high quality analysis, whatever your methodology.

Develop the expertise you need in ATLAS.ti: The Five-Level QDA®Method

ATLAS.ti User Conference, Berlin

June 20-22nd 2018

Workshop focussing on using the Five-Level QDA® method for harnessing ATLAS.ti's tools for your analytic needs. The workshop is in three parts: (a) The genesis and principles of the method, (b) the difference between software features and tools, and (c) an overview of the five steps of translation: Analytic Planning Worksheets and how to use them to translate strategies into tactics. The workshop includes discussion, demonstrations and small-group work, and provides opportunity for questions.

CAQDAS potential using the Five-Level QDA® method

High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, January 31st 2018

This free half day seminar discussed the principles of Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis (CAQDAS) and how to harness their tools powerfully.

During the first session Christina introduced the range of potential affordances of CAQDAS packages for qualitative and mixed-methods research and outlined a pedagogy for harnessing their tools powerfully. This is followed up with a session discussing CAQDAS use in practice, providing examples of projects implemented in CAQDAS packages using the Five-Level QDA method.  

The Five-Level QDA method® - Using MAXQDA for qualitative analysis

MAXQDA User Conference, Berlin, March 2nd 2018 

Christina led this workshop as part of the 2018 MAXQDA International Conference providing an introduction to the Five-Level QDA® method, focussing on MAXQDA, which included an overview of Translating analytic strategies into software tactics

Don't let the software drive the process

Webinar published as part of the IIQM ATLAS.ti webinar series focussing on the principles of Five-LevelQDA, including the difference between strategies and tactics and the process of translation and then illustrating the process using examples from a variety of research projects.

Watch the webinar here:

The Corvallis ATLAS.ti Summer Workshop Series

July 2017, Oregan State University, Corvallis, USA

Christina Silver & Nick Woolf taught on the Advanced sessions (July 12-14) Approaches to qualitative data analysis using ATLAS.ti, during which they discussed the principles of their CAQDAS pedagogy - the Five-Level QDA(R) method - and illustrated its application using three project examples (an in-depth literature review, a grounded theory project and a participatory visual analysis project). 

Literature reviews with MAXQDA

Christina Silver ran this workshop as part of the MAXQDA International Conference in Berlin, March 2017. 

The aim was to open up thinking about the potential role of MAXQDA in conducting literature reviews and linking up with primary (and/or secondary) data to result in a more comprehensive and rounded research project.

CAQDAS at a Crossroads: Controversies, Challenges, Choices

1st International Symposium on Qualitative Research (ISQR2016), Porto, Portugal , 12-13 July 2016

In this presentation Christina discussed the current state of Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis (CAQDAS) and the critical issues researchers now face for the future of qualitative data analysis in an increasingly digital world. She began with a potted history of CAQDAS, and then considered the questionable relevance of continued controversies around the use of these technologies, given the length of time they have been available, their role in analysis, and the increasing focus on mixed methods, big data and collaborative research. She went on to discuss the challenges involved in learning about and harnessing CAQDAS tools powerfully, drawing on her own and colleagues’ experiences of using and teaching these technologies over the past 20 years. Christina argued that the qualitative research community is at a crossroads in terms of the choices we make now in fully embedding CAQDAS into our professional practices. She focused on the responsibilities we have in adequately preparing current and future generations of researchers to undertake high-quality analysis using CAQDAS packages, and presented the Five-Level QDA method,  a pedagogy which transcends methodologies, software programs and teaching modes. Five-Level QDA is a way of describing what expert CAQDAS users already do, and centers on the distinction between analytic strategies (what you plan to do) and analytic tactics (how you plan to do it), and the process of translation between them which enables software tools to be selected or constructed appropriately in the service of specific analytic tasks. 

Below is a short interview with Christina recorded at the ISQR2016 conference

Digital tools in Social Science

Christina Silver presented the first seminar at the pre-opening of the Digital Social Science Lab (DSSL) at the Copenhagen University Library, April 2015 

She focused on the principles of using CAQDAS packages in social science research and discussed the role of software, key considerations in making an informed choice between products, planning for software use and demonstrated some research projects in different CAQDAS packages. 

Here is a short video about the session.


We really appreciated your genuine enthusiasm and engagement in our project. You handled our very large and complicated data set quickly and efficiently, delivering an impressive and nuanced coding system in a short space of time. Your advice and prompt and unfazed responses made the process run smoothly.
Jessica Woodsford, Policy Advisor
Office for Fair Access (OFFA), Bristol