Christina Silver, PhD


Location training services can be provided:
UK, Europe and USA

Certified for:

  • NVivo 9, 10, 11 and 12 for Windows
  • NVivo for Mac

About Christina:

I’ve worked at the CAQDAS Networking Project, at the University of Surrey, UK since 1998 where I am responsible for capacity building activities. I’ve designed and led training in all the major qualitative software programs, including NVivo, and I co-direct the Department of Sociology’s Day Courses programme which provides qualitative and quantitative methods training. I’m also an independent researcher, consultant, and trainer, supporting researchers to plan and implement computer-assisted analysis, and contributing to doctoral research programs in several universities.

I have trained more than 9,000 researchers working in a variety of academic and applied settings around the world. I’m particularly interested in the relationship between technology and methodology and improving the teaching of computer-assisted analysis. I have experience in using NVivo for many different types of projects, across academic disciplines, and in applied, government and commercial contexts. My training focusses on harnessing NVivo powerfully, using the Five-Level QDA® method ( which I developed with Nicholas Woolf. The Five-Level QDA method is not a new or different way of doing analysis, but a method of learning appropriate and powerful use of qualitative software whatever the methodology. I share with workshop participants’ examples from my own research using NVivo to illustrate the range of ways the software can be used.

Christina's publications include:

  • Nicholas Woolf & Christina Silver Qualitative analysis using NVivo: The Five-Level QDA Method, to be published by Routledge, Summer 2017.
  • Christina Silver & Sarah L Bulloch (2016) CAQDAS at a crossroads: affordances of technology in an online environment in Fielding, N. & Lee, R. (eds) The SAGE Handbook of Online Research Methods. SAGE.
  • Sarah L Bulloch, Christina Silver & Nigel Fielding (2017) Using Computer Packages in Qualitative Research: exemplars, developments and challenges in Willig, C. & Stainton-Rogers, W. (eds) The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research in Psychology. SAGE
  • Silver C, & Woolf, N (2015) “From guided instruction to facilitation of learning: The development of Five-level QDA as a CAQDAS pedagogy that explicates the practices of expert users” International Journal of Social Research Methodology, Vol. 18. Issue 5.
  • Silver C, Rivers, C . (2015) “The CAQDAS Postgraduate Learning Model: an interplay between methodological awareness, analytic adeptness and technological proficiency”, International Journal of Social Research Methods, Vol. 19. Issue 5.
  • Silver C. & Lewins A (2014) Using Software in Qualitative Research: A Step-by-Step Guide, 2nd Edition. Sage Publications, London.
  • Silver, C., & Lewins, A. (2013). Computer Assisted Analysis of Qualitative Research: trends, potentials and cautions. In P. Leavy (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research Methods. Oxford University Press.
  • Silver, C., & Patashnick, J. (2011). Finding Fidelity : Advancing Audiovisual Analysis using Software. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 12(1).
  • Silver, C., & Lewins, A. (2010). Computer assisted qualitative data analysis. In P. Peterson, E. Baker, & B. McGraw (Eds.), International Encyclopaedia of Education (Vol. 6, 3 ed., pp. 326-334). Oxford: Elsevier.