Systematic Versus Interpretive Analysis with Two CAQDAS Packages: NVivo and MAXQDA


  • Elif Kuş Saillard Ankara University



grounded theory methodology, CAQDAS, NVivo, MAXQDA


The purpose of this study is to compare two different Computer Assisted Qualitative Data AnalysiS (CAQDAS) packages (NVivo and MAXQDA) on a specific aspect. The same data from an auto-photographic study is analyzed using the same approach to make the comparison. The comparison is not based on a data oriented evaluation, but the methodological approach used constitutes the basis for the evaluation. The criteria for the evaluation of these tools are: closeness to the data, ease of coding and memoing, and the interrelationship among the data, code and the memo which were derived from the methodological approach. The first level coding process was accomplished using Grounded Theory Methodology (GTM) with two different CAQDAS packages. As for the result, in the GTM interpretation is crucial and MAXQDA supports the interpretive style better than NVivo. URN:


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Author Biography

Elif Kuş Saillard, Ankara University

Elif KUŞ SAILLARD is a sociologist at Ankara University. She has been using qualitative data analysis software since 2002. She published two books about the use of software in qualitative data analysis. She is teaching NVivo and MAXQDA in workshops.




How to Cite

Kuş Saillard, E. (2011). Systematic Versus Interpretive Analysis with Two CAQDAS Packages: NVivo and MAXQDA. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 12(1).