A visual guide to what’s new in NVivo

22 September 2015 -

A visual guide to what’s new in NVivo

The new NVivo suite is here.

I want to tell you all about it. I want to describe every new feature in glorious detail but I'm practising restraint. I tell myself, "Kath, researchers are busy people - they don't have time to get bogged down in flowery prose."

So, I'll try to do more showing than telling.

What's new in NVivo for Mac?

NVivo for Mac is evolving all the time, more features are added with each update and this time is no exception.

1. Work with picture sources

Now you can analyze images and photos, this is a boon if you use photo elicitation methods or other visual techniques. You can find out more in this help topic About Picture Sources.

2. Import Social Media data from Facebook and Twitter

Social media is a gold mine for qualitative researchers, now you can use NCapture to gather this data from the web.

Find out more about working with Twitter data in Approaches to analyzing Twitter data

3. Work more easily with cases

Cases represent the people, places or other 'units of observation' in your project. They were a bit hidden in previous versions of NVivo for Mac but now they have their own folder and icon - making them more obvious and easier to work with.

4. Auto code datasets to add demographic information to cases

Now you can easily create cases based on the participants in a survey - including coding their comments and assigning demographic details. Read Automatic Coding in Dataset Sources for the nitty gritty.

There are general enhancements too, based on feedback from our user community. Things like improved text selection and the ability to sort and filter datasets.

What's new in NVivo 11 for Windows?

1. Choose an edition that's the perfect fit

Whether you're a seasoned campaigner or a new kid on the block, you can choose an edition of NVivo to suit your research needs. You can choose from NVivo 11 Starter for Windows, NVivo 11 Pro for Windows or NVivo 11 Plus for Windows.

To find out which edition is right for you, check the comparison table or read through Which edition of NVivo will you choose?

2. Fresh new look (all editions)

All editions of NVivo for Windows have had an interface make-over. You'll still find everything in the same place but it's a cleaner more modern experience.

For a quick overview of the workspace, watch this video -  Explore NVivo 11 Starter for Windows 

3. Work more easily with cases

Cases represent people, places and other 'units of observation'. They are super useful because they let you make comparisons based on demographic attributes (for example - compare what women and men say about a topic.) And now, cases are more obvious and are easier to work with.

Find out more in About Cases.

4. New Diagrams (all editions)

Ok, you've coded everything, now what? It's an eternal question and one that the new diagrams can help you to answer.

Exploring visual summaries of your data can help you move from descriptive coding to deeper analytical insight. Bazeley and Jackson explain this eloquently in their book Qualitative Data Analysis with NVivo.

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Why not open the Down East sample project that comes with NVivo and have a go at creating diagrams? Getting hands on is the best way to see their potential.

5. New Maps (Pro and Plus)

If you're a visual person like me, you'll love the new maps. You can capture your ideas and present them in an easy-to-digest way.

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6. Easily create relationships (NVivo Pro and Plus)

Relationships are at the heart of Social Network Analysis - so we've made it easier to create relationships using the Quick Coding bar. If you are working with NVivo Plus, you can explore these relationships (including influencers, connectors and brokers) in one of the new sociograms.

You can also create sociograms to explore the networks in a Twitter dataset - read Approaches to analyzing Twitter data for the full story.

7. Better integration between queries and results (all editions)

Asking questions of your data is an iterative process....show me everything coded at 'water quality' and 'fishing', now show me everything coded at 'water quality', 'fishing' and 'negative attitudes'.

When you're exploring like this, you need an easy way to tweak and rerun queries. Now, you can build your query criteria and see the results, all in one display.

8. Automated Insights (NVivo Plus)

If you're on a tight deadline or are working with large datasets, then you can use the new auto coding features to detect (and code) positive and negative sentiments in your source content. You can also use auto coding to find themes - a great way to get 'broad-brush' results which you can then review and refine.

About automated insights explains these powerful new features in more detail.

Want to know more?

I think I should stop now because I've failed miserably at maintaining a word limit and you're probably itching to get started. If you want more detail on the new features, refer to What's new in NVivo for Windows or What's new in NVivo for Mac.

You can also explore the website and download a free trial to try the new features for yourself.

Have fun :)