QDA Miner 5 text analysis software is planned to be released at the end of summer 2016. In the weeks leading up to the release we will be blogging about some of the new features you will see in the new version.
An important tool for quantitative and qualitative researchers is web surveys. Web survey platforms open up the field for researchers. One can easily and cost-effectively design and distribute a survey to an audience of almost any size. The challenge is in the analysis. Most companies provide basic charts and graphs for closed-ended question analysis but are unable to process the unstructured text in open-ended questions or link them with the closed-ended questions in your survey. For many researchers, this is where the most important information is gathered. Manually processing and analyzing open-ended questions can be costly and very time-consuming. This is why we have included as one of the new features in QDA Miner 5 the easy importation of web survey platforms including Survey Monkey, Survey Gizmo, Question Pro, Voxco, and Qualtrics.
Here is how it works. Create a new project in QDA Miner. The software will prompt you with the following menu.
Select Import from datafiles or web services and the software will then give you a menu of several web services companies such as: Survey Monkey, Survey Gizmo, Question Pro, Fluid Surveys, Voxco and Qualtrics.
Once you select your preferred web service company, you will link with it, and be asked for your identification to access your account.
Once you log in you will be asked which surveys you wish to import to QDA Miner 5. You also have the option of importing all of your questions or only selected ones. After you import the survey into QDA Miner 5 you will be asked to give the project a name and you are now ready to begin your analysis. One more feature we are adding to the importation of surveys is the ability to update your project without having to start over. You can import data from a survey, let the survey continue, and then import more responses at a later date.
To learn more about how QDA Miner and WordStat can help you code and analyze open-ended questions from surveys and other sources go to webpage Coding and Analyzing Open-Ended Questions.
This is just one of the many features coming in QDA Miner 5. We will be introducing others in this blog over the next few weeks. If you have other suggestions for features or web survey companies you would like to see please let us know by leaving a message on this blog.
Everyone who purchases QDA Miner 4 after June 1, 2016, will receive a free upgrade of QDA Miner 5.