Qualitative Data Analysis Software

Qualitative data analysis software (QDAS) packages, also referred to as computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software (CAQDAS), can be used not only to analyze data but also to collect data, transcribe audio and video recordings, conduct literature reviews, and write up findings. Different from statistical software, with these platforms, researchers can choose how to organize, store, and structure their semi- or unstructured data alongside other documents related to a given study in a systematic way that is aligned with their methodological approach. Thus, researchers can use QDAS packages as comprehensive project management platforms. This entry highlights the ways in which QDAS packages can be used to carry out a variety of research tasks, presents best practices for describing the use of QDAS in research reports, and ...

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