Qualitative research data analysis (ATLAS.ti)

ATLAS.ti is a programme that can be very useful for research. It is mostly used to analyse qualitative research data, for example to analyse written up interviews or for literature research.

 

General information

ATLAS.ti is a programme that can be very useful for students’ and staff’s research. It is mostly used to analyse qualitative research data, for example to analyse written up interviews or for literature research.

SPSS is a well-known programme for quantitative research while for qualitative research, it is ATLAS.ti.

The number of users increases every year. ATLAS.ti is used in different ways in The Hague University of Applied Sciences:

  • by researchers/doctoral candidates in the research groups’ teams for their own research;
  • by lecturers who use ATLAS.ti in their teaching, for example in subjects involving qualitative research, research methodology, interview analyses, or during graduation preparation;
  • by students using their own laptops and in the PC areas at the University of Applied Sciences for subjects and theses.

 

The Hague University of Applied Sciences has a campus licence for ATLAS.ti. The licence allows all students and staff to install the complete version of ATLAS.ti on fixed THUAS computers, laptops, in PC rooms and personal laptops and computers at home. Personal licences do not need to be purchased.

Installing

ATLAS.ti is not a standard programme on PCs at the university of applied sciences. It needs to be installed.

  • Fixed University of Applied Sciences computers

    The staff member or student can request the FrontOffice to install ATLAS.ti. Employees need to pass on the DTP number on the white sticker on the side of his/her computer. The programme is then installed remotely by the F&IT service department. The programme installed will be ATLAS.ti version 7.5.

  • Laptops managed by the University of Applied Sciences

    The staff member or student can request the FrontOffice to install ATLAS.ti. Employees need to pass on the laptop number which is on the white sticker under his/her laptop. The programme is then installed remotely by the F&IT service department.

  • Personal computers or laptops (Windows and Mac)
    The staff member or student can download the demo version of ATLAS.ti on http://atlasti.com/free-trial-version/. To install, fill in the code to gain access to the complete version. You can find the code in the manual.

    Note: The programme installed will be ATLAS.ti version 8.  If required, a link is also available for version 7.5 from ATLAS.ti’s customer service.
     
    Note: Using ATLAS.ti on laptops and computers that are not managed by the university of applied sciences is at the risk of the user. The university of applied sciences offers no technical support in this case.

  • Fixed University of Applied Sciences computers and laptops managed by the University of Applied Sciences

    The licences are renewed in April by the F&IT service department. Staff members do not need to do anything and can continue to use the programme.

  • Personal computers or laptops

    The F&IT service department receives a new licence code in March every year. The code will be given to any student or staff member that requests it. You can find the new code in the manual.

Manual

Deel 1. Aanmaken, organiseren en opslaan van eigen ATLAS.ti-project

Open: start menu à all programmes à scientific software  à ATLAS.ti

1. Make a new project:
Menu: Project – New HU
Save As: choose a suitable location on your drive
Give HU a name: e.g. "research 31 January 2017”

2. Import the documents
Project: Documents – add documents
Find your files, e.g. Sea Turtles
Select all and open

3. Make families
Open P Docs
Yellow square
Menu – Families à new family

For example:
-Scientific articles
-Newspaper articles
-Interviews

Select the files from the right hand side and select the left arrow in the family manager OR drag from right to left in the document manager

4. Save as HU
Menu: project à save HU = file extentension:  .HPR7
This is only the ATLAS.ti file without the research data

5. Save as Copy Bundle
= file extentension:  .ATLCB
Menu: project à save Copy Bundle

This is the total package including the research data. It is recommended to save your work regularly as copy bundle. This is also a backup!

Part 2: Coding data in ATLAS.ti
Two methods:

  • Closed: first add codes
  • Open: code texts immediately

1. Make new codes in advance
Codes > Create free code:

For example:
"Turkey"
"Greece"
"US"
"threat"
"human impact"
"protection"
"statistics"
Finding the codes: Open Code Manager

2. Coding fragments

  • Option A: Select the text fragment and select yellow button top left = type new code
  • Option B: Select the text fragment and select yellow button top left = select existing code
  • Option C: Select the text fragment and drag from existing code to the text.

The codes appear in the right hand margin.

3. the codes appear in the code manager

Part 3: Analysing in ATLAS.ti

1. You can access the fragments by code in the code manager

Go to the code manager: click on the code

2. Groundedness? How often are there codes?
Go to the code manager: check the number at “groundedness” next to the code name

3. Compiling reports / Output
A. Make a report of all the markings in the order of the documents
Menu – Quotations – Output – All quotations

B. Make a report of all the markings in the order of the quotes
Menu – codes – output – all codes with quotations

C. Make a report of all marked texts by code
Code Manager – selecteer code – Output – quotations for selected code

D. How often are there themes?
Menu – analysis – Code Primary Document Table
Per code, per year
Create report

Support

  • In ATLAS.ti itself, via the Help menu
  • Online instructions: http://atlasti.com/manuals-docs/
  • Video tutorials: http://atlasti.com/video-tutorials/
  • YouTube films: https://www.youtube.com/user/ATLASti01
  • Manual for version 7 in the Library, location reference 527.9/FRIE:
    Friese, S. (2014). Qualitative data analysis with ATLAS.ti. Los Angeles: Sage.
    Manual for version 8 in the Library, location reference 527.9/WOOL
    Woolf, N.H. & Silver, S. Qualitative Analysis Using ATLAS.ti: The Five-Level QDA™ Method. London: Routledge.
  • There is an online course on Blackboard - search for Atlas under Courses.

For questions about installation and licence codes for ATLAS.ti, staff members and students can go to the FrontOffice F&IT, Ovaal 1. desk, iFrontOffice on the intranet / tel: 7777.

For questions about the functions and working of ATLAS.ti, staff members and students can go to the University of Applied Sciences’ Library, functional managers Niloufar Soekhai and Francesco Izzo. Help desk Library on ground floor, bibliotheek@hhs.nl / tel: 7888.