This paper examines two planning tools incorporating the use of a computer‐assisted qualitative data analysis software package as applied to an actual research study. The first is the ‘NVivo Shell’. In creating a shell, the researcher is prompted to consider the role qualitative research software will take within the context of the project as a whole. Further, it acts as an initial framework to contemplate how the collected data might be organised and provides a way to organise it from the very beginning. The second tool is visual modelling. At a basic level, it can literally provide a map of the research process, which can be used to chart the progress of the research. With ever‐increasing complexity, it can be a way to visually represent a variety of ideas, concepts, sources, or beliefs and explore existing or potential relationships between and among them. The study used to contextualise their application is a doctoral dissertation (Robertson, 2007).
Robertson, S.P. (2008), "The Qualitative Research Process as a Journey ‐ Mapping Your Course with Qualitative Research Software", Qualitative Research Journal, Vol. 8 No. 2, pp. 81-90. https://doi.org/10.3316/QRJ0802081
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