Qualitative Data Analysis using ATLAS.ti

A 4-Day Remote Seminar Taught by Corey Abramson, Ph.D.

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This workshop will provide both a conceptual background and practical experience in computer-assisted qualitative data analysis (CAQDA) using ATLAS.ti. The workshop begins by examining the core elements common to all CAQDA, regardless of methodological orientation, discipline/profession, or platform. After instruction in the fundamental aspects of CAQDA, the course turns to the logic of the ATLAS.ti program, and how it functions as a tool for CAQDA.

The workshop consists of both instruction and hands-on exercises in ATLAS.ti. By the end of the course, you will have all the conceptual and practical tools necessary to use ATLAS.ti in your current or future projects involving qualitative data.

Starting August 17, we are offering this seminar as a 4-day synchronous*, remote workshop. Each day will consist of a 3-hour live lecture held via the free video-conferencing software Zoom. You are encouraged to join the lecture live, but will have the opportunity to view the recorded session later in the day if you are unable to attend at the scheduled time.

Each lecture session will conclude with a hands-on exercise reviewing the content covered, to be completed on your own. An additional lab session will be held Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, where you can review the exercise results with the instructor and ask any questions.

*We understand that scheduling is difficult during this unpredictable time. If you prefer, you may take all or part of the course asynchronously. The video recordings will be made available within 24 hours of each session and will be accessible for four weeks after the seminar, meaning that you will get all of the class content and discussions even if you cannot participate synchronously.

Closed captioning is available for all live and recorded sessions.

More Details About the Course Content

Topics covered include:

  • How to perform the fundamentals of computer aided qualitative data analysis in ATLAS.ti
  • The specific strategies necessary for dealing with different types of data including ethnographic field notes, in-depth interviews, texts, audio, video, and documents
  • How to organize your data set
  • How to construct and use a coding scheme for your project
  • Making the best use of memos
  • Inductive and deductive strategies for investigating substantive relationships in your data
  • Using ATLAS.ti for team projects
  • Advanced functions in ATLAS.ti (e.g. networks, geocoding, quantitative output, supercodes and snapshots, co-occurrence functions, tools for inter-coder reliability, etc.)


This course will use ATLAS.ti Version 9 for Windows. There is a free, fully functional trial version that is available here and is good for 5 days.

Please note: although the vast majority of skills will transfer across operating systems, we will use the current Windows version for all demonstrations. The Mac and cloud versions of ATLAS.ti have slightly different interfaces. Consequently, attendees who opt to use non-Windows versions may not be able to directly follow along during some segments.

Who Should Register?

No prior experience with computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software (CAQDAS) is required. Anybody interested in analyzing qualitative data sources is encouraged to attend. Qualitative data here refers to various forms of text or multimedia information that will be analyzed in depth. This may include but is not limited to: in-depth interview transcripts, ethnographic fieldnotes, open-ended survey responses, historical documents, media clippings, data from web forums, images, and academic articles (e.g., for meta-analyses).

Seminar Outline

Day 1: Introduction to Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis (CAQDA) in ATLAS.ti 

  • Why CAQDA?
  • The logic of the ATLAS.ti platform
  • Fundamental CAQDA skills walkthrough: Entering, Structuring, Coding, and Retrieving
  • Observation into text (e.g. a model of process)

Day 2: Data Management and Workflow  

  • Data set management and structure with examples
  • Constructing and deploying a coding scheme- tips, techniques, and examples
  • Making the best use of memos-tips, techniques, examples
  • Merging and splitting codes

Day 3: Retrieval and Visualization 

  • Text Search strategies and automating coding
  • Boolean Queries
  • Visualization options
  • Making use of the co-occurrence tables
  • Networks and hyperlinks

Day 4: Adding Tools to your CAQDA Repertoire  

  • Multi-researcher projects and tools
  • Advanced Coding Techniques (multimedia, automation, etc.)
  • Quantitative functionality and Survey importation
  • Advanced Retrieval (i.e. non-Boolean search options)

Seminar information

Tuesday, August 17, 2021 –
Friday, August 20, 2021

Each day will follow this schedule:

11:00am-2:00pm ET (New York time): Live lecture via Zoom

4:00pm-5:00pm ET: Live lab session via Zoom (Tuesday and Thursday only)

Payment Information

The fee of $895 includes all course materials.

PayPal and all major credit cards are accepted.

Our Tax ID number is 26-4576270.