What is NVivo?

NVivo is one of the leading qualitative software tools used by qualitative researchers to organise, categorise, store and retrieve, explore, visualise, and analyse the following data:

structured, semi-structured or unstructured interview transcripts; literature reviews; online documents; government reports; social media content; diaries; audio and video recordings; emails; customer feedback/comments; survey data; case and field notes; photographs; and databases.


The key benefits of using NVivo are:

  • time saving
  • ability to see through large amount of data
  • NVivo makes it manageable to work with large and varied data types in one project
  • it allows you to ask complex questions of your data so you can uncover patterns in your data that otherwise could be hidden from you
  • you can keep a research journal to keep the audit trail of your project journey
  • NVivo allows you to work with data from any methodological stance
  • NVivo's NCapture tool allows you to capture social media content instantly into NVivo for explore and analysis.
  • when survey data are imported into NVivo, open-ended questions are automatically converted into themes and sub-group responses can also be generated into cross-tab matrices for comparative study.
  • easily share findings and outputs with supervisors, students and conference delegates.
  • NVivo superb for doing systematic literature review, sourcing data from any of your reference management software such as EndNote, RefWorks, Zetero, and Mendeley.
  • you can even transcribe your interviews, photos and videos in NVivo.


What can Elizabeth Training do for you?

Elizabeth Training delivers dedicated and responsive training solutions for your research data.  We provide classroom teaching for graduate schools; research teams; one-to-one tailored tuition; and we also deliver public training in many cities across the UK.  We are available to travel to Europe.

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Access to NVivo Software

Most universities have NVivo for your to download onto your office computer as well as your laptop. You should contact your IT Services for the licence key. Sometimes the version on your university network may not be the most up-to-date version so you could down from below: