REGISTRATION CLOSED: Online ISSR Summer Methodology Workshop | Up and Running with MAXQDA: Building Your Project, Coding, and Analyzing Qualitative Data | Erica Kowsz

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, July 21, 2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Online Event - Login credentials via email for registered participants

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This workshop will be offered online.

This two-morning (6-hour) workshop brings participants from building a project, through coding and memoing, to final stage analysis of qualitative data in MAXQDA (for either Mac or Windows). It is suitable for both beginners and MAXQDA users who are looking to learn how to do more with the software.

The first day will focus on building your project file: importing, organizing, assigning variables, and beginning to code your data (text documents, surveys, web pages, videos and audio). We will cover several speaker assignation options that go beyond the basics. The second day will focus on analysis. We discuss methods for ongoing analysis as you build your code system using memos and queries to organize emerging ideas. Then we cover the use of queries to generate data portraits and visualizations, and to check the rigor of your hypotheses against the full breadth of your data. This workshop covers the use of MAXQDA not only for targeted project objectives and analyses but also as a tool for organizing, indexing, and building continuity in longer term projects with multiple research aims.

This workshop is appropriate for beginners. For those who do not already have a license for the software, a fully functional trial of MAXQDA is available and can be used during the workshop. Be sure to note the length of the trial and don’t download it too early—you want to be sure to be able to access it during the workshop.

Instructor: Erica Kowsz

Dr. Erica Kowsz is a teacher and researcher, who loves mentoring students and faculty in research design and data analysis methods. After defending her dissertation in the Department of Anthropology at UMass Amherst in December 2021, she has taken on a new role as Assistant Director for Fellowships at Wesleyan University’s Fries Center for Global Studies, where she also teaches senior undergraduates pursuing the Center's Global Engagement Minor. Her own research combines ethnography, policy and legal analysis, and archival work, so she has extensive experience working with multiple data types within qualitative data analysis software.

Questions? For more information about this or any of the ISSR Summer Methodology Workshops, please contact ISSR's Director of Research Methods Programs, Jessica Pearlman (

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Important: If you are registering for more than one workshop, please submit a separate registration form for each workshop, and select the appropriate fee for the length of your workshop and your academic and institutional status. We apologize for the inconvenience, but if the incorrect fee is selected your registration will be have to be resubmitted. Your original registration will be canceled and your fee returned to you.

Five College Students and Faculty

  • Five College Undergraduate and Graduate Students:  $75/person
  • Five College Faculty and Staff:  $125/person

Non-Five College Students and Faculty

  • Non-Five College Undergraduate and Graduate Students:  $150/person
  • Non-Five College Faculty, Staff and Other Professional:  $200/person

Registration note: The Five Colleges include: UMass Amherst, Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College. Registration closes for each workshop 2 full business days prior to the start date. If paying with departmental funds or personal checks, contact Sue Falcetti (

Cancellation note: In cases where enrollment is 5 or less, we reserve the right to cancel the workshop.  In cases where the registrant cancels prior to the workshop, a full refund will be given with two weeks notice, and 50% refund will be given with one week notice.  We will not be able to refund in cases where registrant does not notify us of cancellation at least one week prior to the beginning date of the workshop.