NVIVO-based qualitative data coding and management training for social scientist - 2 ECTS

The short course on NVivo software aims to provide PhD and MSc students with a powerful tool to enhance their analytical capacities –especially important when conducting large comparative qualitative data analysis across multiple sites and countries.

Organised by Wageningen School of Social Sciences (WASS)

Mon 9 March 2020 until Fri 13 March 2020

Course organizer:

Diana E. Lopez, Doctoral Fellow (Knowledge, Innovation & Technology)

Open to:

Internal and external MSc and PhDs with a Social Science background


2 ECTS upon successful completion of final assignment


The training focuses on NVivo fundamentals, including developing a coding structure, data coding procedures, and running queries using NVivo software. However, additional data analysis and management practices will also be reviewed to facilitate the use of the software and an accurate presentation of results. These comprise i) an overview of key concepts related to systematic content analysis, ii) basic data management principles, and iii) a standard process to begin cross-case analysis in NVivo.


A mix of presentations, NVivo demonstrations, group and individual practical exercises, reflection sessions, walkshops, and daily (home) assignments will be used throughout the course to ensure learning. Furthermore, a Simple Query Manual specifically developed to accompany the course will be shared with the participants to reinforce the query principles, and to act as a step-by-step guide to allow for independent analysis using NVivo.


• Background in qualitative methods
• Access to a laptop (not Mac)
• Prior (basic) knowledge on gender studies, innovation systems, and agricultural/natural resource management (NRM) is preferred

Learning goals:

This is a hands-on course. After successful completion, participants are expected to i) have developed their own NVivo research project; and ii) to be able to immediately apply their new skills and NVivo knowledge into their own research.

  • To strengthen the analytical capacities of the participants with regards to (large) comparative qualitative data;
  • Upgrade their methodological skills through systematic content analysis;
  • Conduct more rigorous qualitative analysis with the help of NVivo software.

Registration and course fees:

Registration can be done via the registration page.

WGS PhDs with TSP € 250
Other PhDs, postdocs and academic staff € 500
All others € 660


Tea, coffee and fruit will be provided during the breaks, but it is expected you make your own arrangements for lunch. We strongly discourage the use of single-use plastic bottles for water and commend you to bring your own thermos or other types of water containers.

Other information

In case you are external and need a wifi-account please mention this in your application.

Course schedule

Session 1 09-3-2020 9.30-13.00
Session 2 10-3-2020 9.30-17.00
Session 3 11-3-2020 9.30-17.00
Session 4 12-3-2020 9.30-17.00
Session 5 13-3-2020 9.30-13.00