Qualitative Data Analysis in Evaluation: A hands-on introduction to the MAXQDA Software (H3)


The rigorous use of a qualitative data analysis (QDA) software is key to enhancing the transparency, credibility and quality of both qualitative and mixed methods evaluations. Firmly grounded on such principle, this workshop will equip participants with practical knowledge on how to use a QDA software (MAXQDA) that will enhance their evaluation practice.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to attain two primary goals. First, to perform all the different tasks associated with a state-of-the-art qualitative data analysis. Second, to increase the quality and relevance of data analysis findings.

Participants will also learn how to import their data (texts, audio-video files, pics, PDFs), set up a code system, (re)arrange codes based on changes emerging during the analytical process, assign codes to text segments, write memos, attach them to documents or codes and to retrieve labels and links as needed.

Note: participants must bring their laptop AND install the demo version of MAXQDA. A 30-day demo version (for Mac and Windows) is available at www.maxqda.com.


Theresa R.F. McKinney and Dr. Michele Tarsilla

Theresa R.F. McKinney is a graduate student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she has worked under the supervision of Vicki Plano Clark and John Creswell on a variety of qualitative and mixed methods studies. Prior to graduate school, she worked as a research analyst at the University of California, San Francisco.  Theresa has facilitated workshops on the use of MAXQDA for qualitative and mixed methods analysis to several audiences, including researchers at the Harvard Health Initiative and the Born This Way Foundation.

Dr. Michele Tarsilla holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Evaluation and has been working on qualitative and mixed methods evaluations in 25 countries. He has published a dozen evaluation articles and book chapters. Dr. Michele is also a former IPDET Graduate holding a Graduate Diploma in Public Policy and Program Evaluation from Carleton University.

Workshop Level




Date and time

Sunday, June 15, 2014
9:00 am to noon

Alignment with CE Designation Competencies

  • Assesses trustworthiness of data
  • Analyzes and interprets data
  • Reports evaluation findings and results