The following list includes some of the software available to support
data analysis in research.
ATLAS.ti is a powerful software package for the visual qualitative analysis
of large bodies of textual, graphical and audio or video data. It offers
a variety of tools for accomplishing the tasks associated with any systematic
approach to “soft” data. It helps you to uncover the complex
phenomena hidden in your qualitative data, offers a powerful and intuitive
environment for coping with the inherent complexity of tasks and data,
and keeps you focused on the data under analysis.
Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS)
The project is in receipt of its fourth consecutive term of funding
by the UK Economic and Social Research Council. It has no commercial
links to any software developer or supplier. It aims to provide practical
support, training and information in the use of a range of software
programs which have been designed to assist qualitative data analysis.
The project also provides various platforms for debate concerning the
methodological and epistemological issues arising from the use of such
The Ethnograph v 5.0 for Windows PCs is a versatile computer program
designed to make the analysis of data collected during qualitative research
easier, more efficient, and more effective.
You can import your text-based qualitative data, typed in any word processor,
straight into the program. The Ethnograph helps you search and note
segments of interest within your data; mark them with code words; and
run analyses which can be retrieved for inclusion in reports or further
First launched in 1985, The Ethnograph was one of the first programs
to pioneer computer assisted qualitative data analysis. Since then The
Ethnograph has continued to be developed by qualitative data analysts
for qualitative data analysts such as social scientists, historians,
literary critics, health researchers, business and market analysts,
legal researchers and others. The Ethnograph will handle your project
data files and documents whether your data comes in form of interview
transcript, field notes, open-ended survey responses, or other text
INteractive STATistics Package for PCs
Staff at the Statistical Service Centre at the University of Reading
have developed various software resources, which may be downloaded.
Currently available are:
- Instat+, a general statistical computing package
- SSC-Stat, an "add-in" to strengthen the capabilities of
- Archiver, a utility to aid the systematic archiving of project data
and related information
NU*DIST, N4 for Mac
QSR offers three software packages which assist researchers to organise
and analyse complex qualitative data. Each allows you to import and
code textual data, edit the text without affecting the coding; retrieve,
review and recode coded data; search for combinations of words in the
text or patterns in your coding; and import data from and export data
to quantitative analysis software.
Software designed to aid researchers in handling Non-numerical Unstructured
Data by supporting processes of Indexing, Searching and Theorising´.
It is used with a researcher’s text to search, categorise, index,
organise and search for links between categories. It can also be used
to present analysis of results. QSR Merge is included which allows the
researcher to merges different research projects or convert data cross
platforms i.e. Mac to PC.
Questionmark Perception provides a comprehensive resource with which
to author, administer, deliver and report on computerized assessments.
To find out how each process works, click on the diagram or the appropriate
hotlink above. Perception is packaged as Perception for Web and Perception
for Windows. Perception for Web, the most popular package, is used to
administer assessments using the Internet or Intranets. Perception for
Windows is used to create, deliver and report on assessments using the
Windows PC platform.
SNAP is a suite of integrated software programs for questionnaire design,
publication, data collection and analysis. It consists of a core product,
SNAP Professional, and specialist modules that may be added to extend
the capabilities to Internet, PDAs, scanning and telephone interviewing.
for the Terrified
This is software that teaches students how to use and apply statistics
within their field of learning. A downloadable demo version is available.
for the Social Sciences (SPSS)
SPSS UK is part of SPSS Inc which produces a range of SPPS products
including SPSS, SYSTAT, QI Analyst, MapInfo, Neural Connection and SPSS
CHIAD. The basic SPSS module includes data entry capabilities, data
analysis and graphical presentation of results. The Tables option adds
extensive facilities for tabulating results and there is an advanced
statistics module. The facility to create and run batch files is a very
powerful tool for undertaking regular data entry, analysis and reporting
tasks as a single process. The company has now launched a full version
of SPSS for students and a tutor pack consisting of two elements; Essential
SPSS and Essential Social Statistics. SPSS UK Ltd. Windows, MAC CD-ROM