More to love in NVivo 11 for Windows
25 November 2015 -
Choose from seven different languages, import emails, visualize hierarchies and auto code sentiment in your theme nodes - there's a lot to love in the latest update to NVivo 11 for Windows.
NVivo 11 for Windows goes global
No matter which edition of NVivo 11 for Windows you're working with - NVivo Starter, NVivo Pro or NVivo Plus - you can now access the software in seven languages; French, German, Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish (Mexico), Simplified Chinese, Japanese and English.
So many ways to say node!
You can find some great information about working with languages in the NVivo Online Help.
Now, your inbox is a qualitative gold mine
If it's anything like mine, your inbox is a hotbed of activity; colleagues thrashing out thorny issues, mentors offering advice, stakeholders sharing feedback, relatives making holiday plans. It's hard to keep track of it all and vital details can easily slip through the cracks.
Now, if you have NVivo Pro or NVivo Plus, you can literally drag emails from Outlook and drop them straight into your NVivo project (where they are saved as PDF sources). As with any other source, you can code email content by theme ensuring that all the hidden gems are safely organized in nodes. Any attachments (in recognized formats) are imported too - so now those groundbreaking reports and papers from colleagues needn't languish in the recesses of your inbox.
But it doesn't end there. When you import an email, NVivo does two (really useful) things; it creates cases and relationships based on the senders and recipients.
This opens the door to some serious analytical grunt.
Cases can have attributes - so you can compare what people are saying based on characteristics like gender or location. This is especially appealing if email interviews are part of your data collection strategy. Meanwhile, relationships let you explore the connections between cases (senders and recipients) - and if you're working with NVivo Plus, you can plot these relationships in a sociogram and easily follow connections or track the flow of information.
This help topic explains it all (with pictures) - About email sources
In the meantime, here's a little preview of how it works:
Visualize data in tree maps and sunbursts
Let's say your coding is well underway and you've organized themes in a hierarchy that makes sense to you. This might be a good time to take a step back and see what's happening in your data.
In List View, you can expand and explore your node hierarchy - but it's not easy to see which themes are dominant and which are hanging on by a thread.
The latest update to NVivo Pro and NVivo Plus - gives you some new and improved ways to visualize your node hierarchy so that you can get a sense of what to focus on next.
The new-look tree map shows your hierarchy as a series of nested squares:
This visualization helps you to compare the relative signficance of themes in your data - I'd probably want to dig deeper to see if there is a connection between fishing and water quality.
Or, you might want an overview of what's happening in your survey data. For example, this hierarchy chart shows participant's perspectives on the pace of development in their community - grouped by age and then gender:
The sunburst gives you a different perspective (and it looks great in presentations and publications):
Read this to find out more - About Hierarchy Charts
Sharpen the focus of Automated Insights (in NVivo Plus)
Automated Insights is an exciting new feature that was introduced in NVivo Plus. In a few simple steps, you can auto code the themes and sentiment in your sources - this is great if you're on a tight a deadline or working with large datasets.
Now, you can also auto code the content in your nodes. This gives you a more focused result - for example, you could see the positive and negative sentiment related to the theme 'jobs and cost of living' without the added noise of interviewer questions.
This help article is a great way to get started if you want to learn more - About Automated Insights
So are you ready to mine your inbox, visualize your themes and auto code your nodes?
Download the latest update to test drive the new features - get in touch and let us know what you think.