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Practical Qualitative Data Analysis
in ATLAS.ti--Workshop Overview

Our ATLAS.ti workshops at UC Berkeley will be October 26-27, 2013.

For information regarding consulting, individual training, or on-site workshops at your research center, please e-mail issi [at] berkeley [dot] edu.

All workshops currently take place in the Wildavsky Room at the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues. The address is:

2538 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA 94720-5100

Course Description

This workshop course 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, participants will have all the conceptual and practical tools necessary to employ ATLAS.ti in their current or future projects involving qualitative data.

Topics covered include: 1.How to perform the fundamentals of computer aided qualitative data analysis in ATLAS.ti, 2. The specific strategies necessary for dealing with different types of data including ethnographic field notes, in-depth interviews, texts, audio, video, and documents, 3. How to organize your data set, 4. How to construct and deploy a coding scheme for your project, 5. Making the best use of memos, 6. Inductive and deductive strategies for investigating substantive relationships in your data, 7. The query tool and reverse polish notation, 8. Using ATLAS.ti for team projects, and 9. Advanced functions in ATLAS.ti (e.g. networks, geocoding, quantitative output, supercodes and snapshots, co-occurrence functions, tools for inter-coder reliability, etc.).


Day 1
Instruction 9am-4pm
Practice and Q&A 4-5pm

What is CAQDA and why does it matter
The overarching logic of the ATLAS.ti
Performing the Fundamentals of CAQDA in ATLAS.ti
Data Set management
Constructing and Deploying a coding scheme

Day 2
Instruction 9am-4pm
Practice and Q&A 4-5pm

How to perform simple and complex searches to aid in analyzing your data
Inductive and deductive strategies for exploring the data set
How to get the most out of memos
Advanced Functions in ATLAS.ti


Basic knowledge of Windows and a personal computer with ATLAS.ti installed (demo or full version 7 preferred). All students should bring a laptop with ATLAS.ti installed. You can purchase Atlas here.


All readings and handouts will be provided at the workshop. All students receive a handbook detailing the course materials and templates for various data set structures.


The cost to attend the two-day course is $400 for registered students, $550 for those in the academic/non-profit sector and $750 for all others.

See the Registeration page for more information about registering for the workshop.

Direct all queries regarding the qualitative data analysis in ATLAS.ti workshops to issi [at] berkeley [dot] edu.


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