Tips and advice from one year of Quirkos

  This week marks the one-year anniversary of Quirkos being released to the market! On 6th October 2014, a group of qualitative researchers, academics and business mentors met in a bar in Edinburgh, and at 8pm, version 1.0 of Quirkos was launched to the world. We then drank the bar dry of Prosecco (Champagne being much too expensive). Now Quirkos is being used in more than 30 universities across the world, and it's so exciting to see how

Play and Experimentation in Qualitative Analysis

In the last blog post article, I talked about the benefits of visualising qualitative data, not just in the communication and dissemination stage, but also during data analysis. For newcomers to the world of qualitative research, the analysis process often seems intimidating and mysterious. How is the coding framework created? How are decisions made about categorising quotes? How do I know I have taken the right approach? When do I know when I

Freeing qualitative analysis from spreadsheet interfaces

The old mantra is that a picture tells a thousand words. You’ve probably seen Hans Rosling’s talks on visualising quantitative data, or maybe even read some of Edward Tufte’s books on data visualisation. The thrust of the argument is clear: “Good displays of data help to reveal knowledge relevant to understanding mechanism, process and dynamics, cause and effect.” (Tufte 1997). This chapter also describes the

10 reasons to try qualitative analysis with Quirkos

Quirkos is the newest qualitative research software product on the market, but what makes it different, and worth giving the one-month free trial a go? Here’s a guide to the top 10 benefits to switching to Quirkos:   1. Ease of Use When we ask people what they like most about Quirkos, we hear one word: ‘intuitive’. We find that most people can get going after just watching a 5 minute video, since the interface is so

Fracturing and choice in qualitative analysis software

  Fundamental to the belief behind starting Quirkos was a feeling that qualitative research has great value to society, but should be made accessible to more people. One of the problems that we frequently saw with this was the difficulty that qualitative researchers had in choosing and using qualitative analysis software. Choice is great, but social scientists have to choose between many different software packages, and IT departments have