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Thursday, September 6 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
From words to wisdom: Exploring free tools for qualitative data analysis

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IMPORTANT: TO GET THE MOST FROM THIS SESSION, BRING YOUR LAPTOP AND SOME QUALITATIVE DATA TO PLAY WITH! (survey responses, reports, interview notes, or anything else!)Let's say you've just conducted thirty key informant interviews. Or you've just collected 200 open-ended responses in a survey for trainees. How can we begin to make sense of all this qualitative data? In this hands-on workshop, we'll explore 3-4 specific free tools that MERL practitioners can use to code and categorize qualitative information (key informant interviews, beneficiary survey results, etc.) to prepare it for visualization. This session emerges from a growing demand among the MERL community to "visualize qualitative information", but it's not a data viz workshop. Instead, we'll explore a few new tools you probably haven't heard of (Aylien, OverviewDocs, DataBasic) that helps you make sense of qualitative data (through quick online document coding, semantic analysis, etc.). This will help you prepare qualitative data so it can be more easily visualized later. We'll also introduce some interactive, creative, "offline data viz" methods of collecting qualitative data, as a fun way to prime the workshop. You'll leave primed to use these tools in your work, as well as armed with a better understanding of the work flow required to turn qualitative data into visualizations. We'll get hands-on with each tool in the session, so bring your own device!

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Samhir Vasdev

Digital Development Adviser, IREX
Samhir Vasdev is the Technical Adviser for Digital Development at IREX, a global development and education organization. There, Samhir drives the organization’s efforts to foster better use of data to inform decisions, learning, and action within IREX and its programs. For example... Read More →

Thursday September 6, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
Vista 1825 Connecticut Avenue NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20009