Friday, 10.30-11.30

Qualitative coding: From low-tech to high-tech options. Charles Guedenet, IREX
This session will offer an introduction to the qualitative coding process followed by hands-on practice using excel and Dedoose for coding and analyzing text. Many projects collect qualitative data such as interview responses and focus group discussion transcripts but then struggle to make sense of the data. Excel spreadsheet templates, a low-tech option, are helpful in sorting and analyzing small data sets while Dedoose, an online too, is particularly useful for collaborative projects and larger data sets. 

Session Level:

Beginner, Intermediate

Session Details:

The goals of the session will be to have participants come away with a good understanding of the qualitative coding process and the basic skills in how to do this using Excel or Dedoose, an online tool for content analysis. Many projects collect qualitative data – from interview responses and focus group discussion transcripts to site visit and observation notes – but then struggle to make sense of the data. The session will begin with a short introduction on several important steps in the coding process such as sampling text, developing codes, and testing for reliability. This will be followed by a demonstration of and then hands-on practice with using an excel spreadsheet template and the Dedoose software. Excel spreadsheet templates, the low-tech option, are helpful in facilitating the coding, sorting, and analysis process for small data sets. Dedoose, an online tool, is particularly useful for collaborative projects with large data sets, with features to help manage and visualize data.

Session Leads:

Charles Guedenet, Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning Advisor, IREX. Charles Guedenet serves as a Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Advisor within IREX’s Center for Applied Learning and Impact where he is responsible for measuring IREX’s global impact and supporting organizational learning, accountability, and data informed decision-making. Charles provides capacity development support to staff, input on new business opportunities, technical assistance to projects, and leadership on strategic-level M&E initiatives. He has over a decade of experience in international development, including three years in West Africa, field research experience in Tanzania, and short-term work in Zimbabwe as Technical Advisor to a civil society strengthening program. Charles received his master’s degree in international development studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University and his bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College, OH in international studies. He is fluent in French. More on him here and at IREX.

Supplementary Materials:

You can sign-up for one free month with Dedoose, no payment information required, here: http://dedoose.com/signup. Sign-up in advance of the session to to be ready to participate in the hands-on practice.