IS&T’s Educational Technology, Training and Outreach team explored several options for a campus-wide solution to support qualitative data analysis. Between ETTO and the Teaching and Learning Governance Committee, a decision was made to purchase nVivo because of its strong local customer support, robust feature set, large current BU user base and the promised availability of an upcoming native Mac version.  A more detailed comparison of the leading QDA software packages is provided below.

NVivo Atlas.ti HyperRESEARCH Dedoose C.A.T.
Software location Desktop, future web Desktop Desktop Web Web
Business model Paid Paid Paid Paid Open source
Customer support availability High Low High Medium Low to none
Estimated size of current BU user base (from survey) Large Large Medium Small None
Mac On roadmap Reduced functionality
Documentation quality Fair Good Good Poor Poor
UI intuitiveness Fair Good Excellent Fair Poor
Unicode aware (for foreign languages)
Add files to data set in bulk
Type data directly into application
Free trial 30 days Limited function Limited function 30 days N/A (open source)
Include videos inline Granular access control, per user/per object
Incorporates spreadsheets of responses
In-depth text queries (e.g. word tree)
Auto-coding Robust
Network View
Theory Builder
Slow down videos for transcribing
Import from Word
Import from Excel With plugin
Import from CSV With plugin
Import from EndNote
Import from HTML
Import from NVivo NA With plugin
Import from Atlas.ti NA With plugin
Export to Word
Export to Excel
Export to EndNote
Export to HTML
Export to CSV
Export to PDF
Export to NVivo N/A
Export to Atlas.ti N/A
(Former name) NUD*IST EthnoNotes
Weaknesses not listed above Cannot select multiple files to bulk add – First login experience was a bug.
– Bugs seriously hamper the experience (eg have to reopen window after upload)