MAXQDA is a software application designed for qualitative data analysis (QDA). Researchers and analysts use it to manage, code, and analyze qualitative data such as text, audio, video, and images. The software provides a range of tools and features to support the coding and categorization of data, as well as the exploration of patterns and themes within the data.
Some features of MAXQDA include:
- Data import: MAXQDA allows users to import various types of data, including text documents, PDFs, Excel files, audio and video recordings, images, and more.
- Coding: Users can code segments of their data, assigning labels or codes to specific parts of the text or other media to categorize and organize information.
- Data retrieval: MAXQDA provides tools for retrieving coded segments and exploring relationships between codes, helping researchers identify patterns and themes in their data.
- Visualization: The software includes visual tools such as charts and diagrams to help users explore and understand their data in a graphical format.
- Team collaboration: MAXQDA supports collaborative work, allowing several researchers to work on a project simultaneously and share coded data.
- Data management: The software includes features for organizing and managing large datasets, making it easier for researchers to navigate and analyze their qualitative data.
MAXQDA is commonly used in social sciences, anthropology, psychology, and other disciplines where qualitative research methods are employed. It provides an organized and systematic approach to analyzing and interpreting complex qualitative data.
List of recommended resources #
For a broad overview #
This presentation by NYU Data Services provides a beginners guide to using MAXQDA for qualitative research.
This video tutorial on YouTube by MAXQDA Official Channel provides brief demonstrations of the visual tools available in MAXQDA for data analysis.
For in depth understanding #
This book by Udo Kuckartz and Stefan Radiker teaches how to analyze qualitative and mixed method data with MAXQDA. The book serves as a text for introductory reading, teaching, self-study, as well as a reference book.
Written by Christina Silver and Ann Lewins, this book provides an essential introduction to the practice and principles of Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis (CAQDAS). Some of the major software programs discussed by Silver and Lewins include ATLAS.ti, DEDOOSE, HyperRESEARCH, MAXQDA, NVivo etc.
Case study #
This study by Senel Elaidi and Nazli Sila Yerliyurt attempts to evaluate the views of senior preservice preschool teachers on the efficacy of drama activities in their field experience in terms of the effect of students’ learning, socialization, individual or group work skills and school connectedness. The data collected was analyzed using MAXQDA-11, qualitative data analysis software, and descriptive analysis technique.
This book, edited by Michael C. Gizzi and Stefan Rädiker, provides ten case studies of real world examples illustrating how MAXQDA is used in praxis. The case studies range from using MAXQDA in ethnographic research to analyzing focus groups in healthcare research.