See our NVivo page for information about the software, downloading and getting the license, and help resources.



NVivo software is used to help researchers organize and analyze qualitative and mixed methods research data (such as interviews, focus groups, field notes, surveys with both open- and closed-ended questions, social media data, research literature etc. This workshop will give you an understanding of how the software can be used and a grounding in the basics of creating a project, importing data, and coding the data

Learning Outcomes

  1. Know where and how to obtain and install the software
  2. Learn how to create an NVivo project and how it can be used to help you organize and manage a project
  3. Know the types of data NVivo supports and how to import them to a project
  4. Learn about coding and classifying cases
  5. Know all of the options available to you for ongoing support

Winter 2023: These will be online via zoom. A link will be provided prior to the workshop

  • Thu Jan 26 11am-1pm
  • Mon Mar 6 3-5pm
  • Fri Mar 17 10am-noon


  • More specialized, in-depth workshops. NOTE: any single NVivo workshop, from this list OR the introductory one, can count toward the requirements for the Research Management Trajectories certificate.
  • Workshops will be online via Zoom
  • Registration is via the Graduate PD Event and Workshop Calendar

**Our workshops schedule for the Winter 2023 term will be finalized in early January and posted here. The following are descriptions of workshops we have done in the past**

Design Your Research with NVivo

So, you want to use NVivo for data analysis. What do you need to know before you begin collecting data? Come and find out. This session will cover mapping tools and coding strategies to ease the transition to data collection. Some familiarity with NVivo is useful. These workshops are for current Carleton University students, faculty, and staff.

Transcription with NVivo **NEW WORKSHOP**

All students, faculty and staff can use the NVivo Transcription service to get automatic transcriptions of audio and video files. You can use this service either directly on the transcription server (no need to use the NVivo software) or integrated within NVivo.

Collaboration in NVivo **NEW WORKSHOP**

Come and learn recommended strategies when working in collaboration with others on an NVivo project.

Approaches to Coding

Come learn about the different ways NVivo can help you with coding your data. "Coding" is a way of organizing all the references to a specific concept, theme, person, place, or other idea into one code. The way you approach coding may vary, depending on methodology and data. Come find out about the tools that NVivo offers for different approaches. These workshops are for current Carleton students, faculty, and staff.

Social Media Analysis with NVivo (Twitter)

We will explore NVivo's capacity to analyze various social media using the Chrome plug-in nCapture. Participants should have had some previous experience with NVivo.

NVivo and Surveys

Learn how to use NVivo to import and analyze surveys. We will import an Excel spreadsheet and explore the structured data (NVivo also allows direct imports of surveys from SurveyMonkey and Qualtrics) Discussed tools include coding, queries, as well as autocoding.

Doing More in NVivo (for advanced users)

Need help moving forward with your qualitative data analysis? If you've had some experience with bringing in documents and coding them, you’re ready to move on to analyzing your material. In this hands-on workshop we will walk through visualizations and queries using sample data and may be able to address other topics depending on the needs of the group. This workshop is suitable for those who have some experience with NVivo.

NVivo for Comprehensive Examination (Audience: PhD and MA students)

Turning comprehensive examinations into a breeze. NVivo can drastically improve your management and mastery of literature. This workshop builds on foundations of comprehensive literature reviews to develop skills for PhD students. Skills include coding, classifications, matrix coding queries, as well as framework matrix.

Workshops for Classes


We have made available our recordings of the following Fall 2021 Workshops in a Brightspace course.

If you wish to view any of these, just send us an email and we will enrol you in the course.

  • Design Your Research with NVivo
  • Approaches to Coding
  • Social Media Analysis with NVivo (Twitter)
  • NVivo and Surveys
  • Doing More in NVivo (for advanced users)
  • NVivo for Comprehensive Examination (Audience: PhD students)
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