Times: 9.30am to 4.30pm
Trainer: Professor Jane Elliott, Head of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies at the Institute of Education, London


WISERD will be hosting a one-day workshop on combining qualitative and quantitative approaches / analysis in longitudinal  work. The workshop draws on data from an NCDS ESRC study and makes use of NVivo 8 software for analysis. Participants will be introduced to the definitions of narrative and its potential for use in both qualitative and quantitative research. The design and content of the 1958 British Birth Cohort Study will briefly be introduced, and the methodology of a recent qualitative study on social participation and identity that involved biographical interviews. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the analysis of (pre-circulated) extracts from qualitative biographical interview material with a focus on the narrative elements of the textual material. Participants will explore the use of NVivo for combining qualitative and quantitative data and for facilitating analysis. The focus will be on: Cases and sources; the casebook and attribute conditions; using text search for efficient coding; matrix coding queries using nodes and attributes. Participants will also have a chance to use the Nvivo package to analyse some extracts from interview material linked with quantitative data from the 1958 British Birth Cohort Study. Exercises will be provided so that participants can gain practical experience of using the features of Nvivo.


This is not intended as a complete introduction to NVivo and participants are therefore expected to have an understanding of the key features of NVivo (or other qualitative software packages) before attending the workshop. In particular participants should have an understanding of sources and nodes within NVivo and to be able to do simple coding of textual material and retrieval of sections of text using nodes.

Some preparatory reading (approximately 2 hours in total) will be circulated prior to the workshop to ensure that participants can get the greatest benefit from the workshop.

For further information please contact WISERD.events@cardiff.ac.uk