Training Consulting and Analysis Services


We always tailor training courses to your needs

Our most popular sessions are outlined below. They can be provided as standalone options or as part of an integrated staged program. They can be designed for students, researchers or practitioners. They can vary in length according to your needs.

To discuss options so we can design a course especially for you, please contact us

CAQDAS awareness sessions

These sessions raise awareness about the role and potential of CAQDAS packages, to enable potential users to make informed and appropriate choices between or within packages.

  • Comparative awareness sessions provide an overview of the similarities and differences between a selection of CAQDAS packages and demonstrate their use in real-world contexts.
  • Dedicated awareness sessions provide an overview of one CAQDAS package in order to orientate potential users to the principles of the software, its architecture and terminology, and the principles of harnessing tools powerfully for analytic tasks. 

CAQDAS showcase sessions

These sessions illustrate how CAQDAS packages can be harnessed for different methodological purposes, using case illustrations to demonstrate the flexible and powerful use of CAQDAS tools in different scenarios.

  • They can focus on one particular CAQDAS package, or illustrate and compare several.
  • They can be designed for potential users interested in finding out how CAQDAS packages can be used, or for existing users interested in developing their skills to harness tools for more sophisticated uses.

Software-specific CAQDAS training

We provide software-specific training workshops in all the major CAQDAS packages, including (in alphabetical order) ATLAS.ti, Dedoose, Discovertext, f4analyse, MAXQDA, NVivo, QDA Miner, Quirkos, and Transana. Our training workshops incorporate the principles of the Five-Level QDA method – the pedagogy for harnessing CAQDAS packages powerfully, developed by Nicholas Woolf and Christina Silver. 

Introductory workshops run for two days, comprehensive introductory workshops for three days, and advanced workshops for either one or two days. Participants can work with sample data provided by us, or use their own project data. We cap participant numbers to ensure we can provide sufficient levels of individual support throughout. 

Qualitative Data Analysis training

These sessions provide an overview of common approaches to analyzing qualitative data (text, graphic, audio and video). They are framed around the entire research cycle, illustrating the emergent and iterative nature of qualitative data analysis. Selected analytic strategies, for example thematic analysis, discourse analysis, content analysis and grounded theory are discussed and participants experiment with different techniques in group-based exercises. 

Using software to undertake literature reviews

These courses illustrate how reference management software (e.g. Endnote, RefWorks, Menderley, Zotero, etc.) and CAQDAS packages can be used together to undertake systematic or in-depth literature reviews. They can be focused on one CAQDAS package, or compare two or more. Strategies for undertaking literature reviews are discussed and the relationship between reference management software and CAQDAS packages are illustrated.  

Strengthening mixed methods analysis using CAQDAS

These workshops illustrate how CAQDAS packages can be used to strengthen mixed-methods analysis. They are suitable for researchers analysing a dataset by combining analytic approaches (e.g. a content analysis and an in-depth qualitative analysis) or working with mixed data (e.g. survey data and interview / focus-group data). If the chosen CAQDAS package enables inferential statistical analyses these are covered (e.g. MAXQDA and QDA Miner). Where the chosen CAQDAS package does not enable inferential statistical analyses, opportunities for interfacing with statistical software, such as SPSS, Stata, R and Excel, are explored.


SPSS training

These workshops range from beginner to advanced, from working with one’s own data to working with existing datasets. The appropriate workshop depends on how much prior understanding participants have of statistics, as well as how much hands-on practice with the software is desired during the course. Beginner workshops are oriented around the software’s functions for descriptive statistics and univariate analyses, whilst intermediate and advanced workshops can include SPSS’s tools for bivariate and multivariate analyses. As well as uncovering the functionality of SPSS in relation to these techniques, workshops discuss relevant issues such as challenges around exploring social phenomena using quantitative measures and evaluating the potential and limits of datasets.

To discuss options so we can design a course especially for you, please contact us


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