Qualitative Data Analysis Software (nVivo, Atlas.TI, and more)

Overview and resource links for Qualitative Data Analysis Software (QDAS), uses and how to choose, focusing on QDAS supported by JHU Data Services: nVivo and Atlas.TI, with resource and training links to these and other QDA Software

For direct assistance

JHU Data Services

Contact us, JHU Data Services for assistance with access to nVivo and ATLAS.ti at the Data Services offices on A level, JHU Eisenhower Library.

Visit our website for more info and our upcoming training workshops!

Other QDA Software

Decision factors for your research

  • Methods to feature facilitation (in disciplinary context): How many features directly support your methodology?
  • Interface for collection, analysis, reports: Do features accommodate most phases of your research workflow?
  • Visualization and outputs: Does it produce and successfully export needed visualization without extensive modification?
  • Cost and access to software: Is it worth the investment cost as well as in learning to use it? Look for education discounts.


Dedoose qualitative analysis software has been gaining popularity for university research.  It is cloud based, with collaboration as a core platform feature. With a monthly per-user pricing, Dedoose can be relatively less expensive for research teams than nVivo and Atlas.TI collaboration products, especially for short-term projects. The security features are strong, and have been approved for certain Homewood projects. (Use for medical PHI's has not yet been evaluated by the IT Risk office). It may be missing some features in Atlas.TI and nVivo, but has many of the core QDAS features including audio and video and mixed methods with visualization.