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NVivo Transcription - Going Beyond Words

NVivo Transcription - Going Beyond Words

Enhance Your Writing at the Research and Technical Writing Institute

Research and technical writers at every level across all disciplines and industries experience the unique challenges of academic and professional writing – finding the right voice, composing compelling arguments, and weaving in qualitative and quantitative data. Those considerations are on top of the constant struggle to organize immense amounts of data, identify common themes and trends, and format lengthy citations.

“[Finding your voice] is a complex issue and a very challenging one for PhD and early career academics as they struggle to get a balance between their own identity as an academic and the expectations of their audience,” said Deirdre McQuillan in Finding Your Voice in Academic Writing.

Simply accepting these obstacles as inevitable not only keeps you from achieving peak productivity, but it can also negatively affect your writing satisfaction.

“The interim findings of our survey questioning the writing “habits” of academics – now with 510 responses from over 40 countries – indicate that writing satisfaction is strongly linked to publishing productivity and, potentially, career success,” said Chris Smith from The London School of Economics and Political Science.

Avoid these pitfalls by sharpening your writing skills at the Research and Technical Writing Institute, presented by Lumivero’s CitaviNVivoXLSTAT, and Dissertation by Design. This free, virtual institute will enhance your skills and showcase how digital tools can assist with the writing and publishing process.

These sessions are free and open to everyone who wants to improve their research and technical writing, from students new to academia to experienced researchers. Learn more about the expert-led training and breakout session topics below and be sure to register!

Register for the Research and Technical Writing Institute

Tuesday, June 20, 2023
12:00 - 2:00 p.m. EDT
Developing Your Voice: How to Paraphrase, Make Claims, and Synthesize Literature

Join Dr. Jessica Parker as she discusses how to develop and enhance your voice as a researcher or technical writer. Dr. Parker will focus on three critical writing skills: paraphrasing, making claims, and synthesizing literature. She will outline five steps to effective paraphrasing and demonstrate how to develop strong claims supported by evidence. Dr. Parker will also show how synthesis enhances your voice. This highly instructive webinar will help you develop your voice and confidence as a research or technical writer.

This free presentation will cover:

Wednesday, June 21, 2023
12:00 - 2:00 p.m. EDT
Writing a Compelling Argument

Join Dr. Jessica Parker as she discusses writing considerations when developing arguments communicating the need for your research. Dr. Parker will explain the components of an argument and will model how to support claims with evidence. She will also discuss addressing counter arguments and objections to ensure your argument is perceived as credible. This highly instructive webinar will help you improve your argumentative writing skills using three styles of argumentation.

This free demonstration will cover:

A demonstration of how NVivo and Citavi can assist in developing and supporting arguments with sources.

Thursday, June 22, 2023
12:00 - 2:00 p.m. EDT
Reporting Qualitative Findings: Writing Considerations

Join Dr. Veronica Richard as she discusses writing considerations when writing the findings section of a research paper after analyzing literature review and qualitative data. In this presentation, you will learn how to use the thematic structure in NVivo to transition to writing. Dr. Richard will help you understand the importance of presenting findings in a logical order, how to identify and introduce relevant quotes and excerpts and how to present profiles. This highly instructive presentation will help you plan for writing early in the literature and data analysis process so you can stay organized and clearly convey your findings.

In this free presentation, you will learn how to:

Friday, June 23, 2023,
12:00 - 2:00 p.m. EDT
Reporting Statistical Results: Research Writing Considerations

Join Kirstie Eastwood as she discusses research writing considerations when reporting statistical results. In this presentation, you will learn how to use XLSTAT data reports to report participant demographics and develop the writing structure of your results section. Eastwood will help you understand the importance of presenting results in a logical order and demonstrate how to identify and introduce relevant charts and tables and present data in a meaningful way to answer your research questions. This highly instructive webinar will help you plan for writing early in the data analysis process so you can stay organized and clearly convey your findings.

In this free presentation, you will learn how to:

A Mixed-Methods Approach to Understanding Nonprofit Engagement on TikTok Through Microvlog Analysis

Behind the Data Podcast, Episode 52: TikTok Microvlogging to Engage Non-Profit Stakeholders

On the most recent episode of NVivo’s Behind the Data Podcast, Dr. Stacy Penna spoke with Dr. Kim Wiley, Assistant Professor of Nonprofit Leadership and Community Engagement at the University of Florida. When the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled her field research plans in 2020, Dr. Wiley found a new research opportunity in an unexpected place. As she told Dr. Penna, “Something that happened to a lot of us during the pandemic was that we got hooked on TikTok.”

If you’re not familiar with TikTok, it’s a social media application where creators produce short videos, or “microvlogs.” Think of it as a counterpart to Twitter, where users produce short snippets of text, or “microblogs.” Since its worldwide launch in 2018, TikTok has become one of the world’s major social media networks. According to the BBC, TikTok’s downloads doubled from one billion to two billion between July 2019 and July 2020.

Wiley’s interest in TikTok was piqued when she realized that the content nonprofit organizations posted there seemed different from what they published elsewhere. One example she gave was of an organization that trained service dogs. “When the new puppies would come in,” she explained, “they would post [a video]. They’d have some playful music, or trending music,” but no text, captions, or requests for donations. These calls for action were typical of content on other social platforms, but not TikTok. She set out to understand the reason why.

Mixed-Methods Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches

Wiley and her collaborators assembled a team of faculty members, graduate students, and undergraduate students to investigate how nonprofits engage with their stakeholders through microvlogging on TikTok. According to her website, she and her team evaluated 1,160 TikTok posts from 58 different nonprofit organizations using qualitative and quantitative research methods. She analyzed posts based on a theoretic framework developed by previous research into nonprofit social media outreach. This framework indicated that nonprofit messaging broke down into three main content categories:

Sharing information about the mission of the nonprofit

Encouraging action (donating, volunteering, or participating in advocacy activities)

Building community through shared interests

First, members of the team reviewed each individual post qualitatively. Using NVivo software, each post was assigned codes based on its content category, the specific stakeholders it was meant for (for example, general audiences, funders, volunteers, and service users), and the types of features the video might have used, such as trending music, text and captions, or split-screen responses to other videos, known on TikTok as “duets”.

Next, Wiley’s collaborator scraped engagement metadata from the posts the team had evaluated to conduct a quantitative analysis. Using Python and R, the team was then able to determine which categories of posts received the most engagement by using NVivo’s built-in matrix codes and content analysis tools.

Finally, Wiley was curious about whether her team’s interpretations of what each organization was doing in a TikTok post actually aligned with the organization’s intentions. Her team conducted interviews with 30 social media coordinators from organizations that participated in the study to gain further qualitative insights into the aims of each organization. The team then analyzed transcripts of these interviews with NVivo.

What the Data Analysis Revealed

Qualitative data analysis of the 1,160 posts reviewed by Wiley’s team revealed that most TikTok posts by nonprofits fell into the category of community outreach. Quantitative analysis of the engagement statistics showed that these posts also generated the most activity from users, and that informational or call-to-action content, especially if it had been cross-posted from another platform like Instagram, did not perform as well.

In the interviews with nonprofit social media coordinators, Wiley and her team heard a clear, consistent message about what organizations hoped to achieve with their microvlogging and microblogging activity on TikTok: building connections with Generation Z. She summarized the social media coordinators’ rationale as follows: “We’re not going to talk to [Gen Z] the same way we talk to, say, an older donor ... we’re just connecting with them now [to] get them familiar with our mission, and then later maybe they can volunteer or donate.”

Advice on Working Together Remotely

The pandemic presented logistical challenges to Wiley’s research, but she was able to use NVivo’s cloud-based tools and other technology to keep her team connected and productive. Once a week, Wiley would gather the entire team on Zoom where they would code together for two hours. This provided a space for researchers to ask questions about specific posts they were struggling to categorize or ask others for help with the software.

“Being in the room together, whether it’s a Zoom room or a physical room, makes [collaboration] so much easier,” Wiley says. “You don’t have to wait for someone to respond to an email on how to code something ... you can share it right there in the room.” Plus, she adds, “the energy is great, even if you’re on Zoom.”

Dr. Wiley’s current project is looking into how influencers, government agencies, and nonprofits use social media to disseminate public health information. She’s once again assembled a team to help her code and analyze posts — but this time, they’ll be having their weekly meetings in person.

Get the Full Story

To learn more about this research, listen to the full podcast episode now. It’s also available on all major podcast services, including Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, and Stitcher. You can also learn more about Dr. Wiley’s work at

Top 10 Tips for Research Teams 

Working in a research team can be a rewarding experience, but it can also be challenging. Here are ten tips for research teams to work better together:

  1. Define Roles and Responsibilities: Clearly define the roles and responsibilities of each team member to avoid confusion and misunderstandings.
  2. Communicate Effectively: Effective communication is key to successful teamwork. Use multiple communication channels such as email, instant messaging, video conferencing, and face-to-face meetings to ensure everyone is on the same page.
  3. Establish Clear Goals and Objectives: Define clear goals and objectives for the research project to ensure everyone is working toward the same outcome.
  4. Be Respectful: Respect each team member's ideas and contributions, and value their perspectives and expertise.
  5. Foster a Positive Team Environment: Foster a positive and collaborative team environment where everyone feels valued and supported.
  6. Set Realistic Timelines and Deadlines: Set realistic timelines and deadlines for each task to ensure that the team stays on track and meets project goals.
  7. Manage Conflict Effectively: Conflict can arise in any team environment. Be proactive in addressing conflicts and have a plan in place for resolving disagreements.
  8. Celebrate Milestones: Celebrate team milestones and successes to keep everyone motivated and engaged.
  9. Share Knowledge and Skills: Share knowledge and skills among team members to improve the quality of the research project.
  10. Seek Feedback: Seek feedback from team members on a regular basis to ensure that the team is functioning effectively and addressing any issues that arise.

Take your team’s experience to the next level with Lumivero’s NVivo’s Collaboration Cloud where you can securely share and store data, insights, and expertise and connect to the same project to update, code, and analyze research in real-time.

Data Points and References

  1. According to the RAUSP Management Journal, organizations should strive constantly to enhance perceptions of role clarity among employees so that they remain motivated and involved in their jobs and exhibit innovative behavior at work.
  2. A survey by the Project Management Institute found that ineffective communication is the primary reason for project failure, with 56% of respondents citing it as a major issue.
  3. Setting clear goals and objectives leads to greater achievements compared to non-specified or vague defined goals, according to the study, The Impact of Goal-Setting on Worker Performance - Empirical Evidence from a Real-Effort Production Experiment from ScienceDirect.
  4. Research by the Society for Human Resource Management found that 72% of employees rank respect as the most important factor in job satisfaction.
  5. A Harvard Business Review article states that positive team environments lead to higher levels of productivity and job satisfaction.
  6. According to the Project Management Institute, setting realistic timelines and deadlines can increase the success rate of a project by 43%.
  7. A study by CPP Global found that unresolved conflict can cost a team up to 8 hours of productivity per week.
  8. Employee engagement, productivity and performance are 14% higher than in organisations without recognition according to Deloitte.
  9. Sharing knowledge and skills among team members can improve team performance by up to 20%, according to research by the University of Warwick.
  10. Seeking feedback can improve team performance and increase job satisfaction, according to a study by the Society for Human Resource Management.

NVivo 14 Webinar: Thematic Analysis using NVivo

NVivo 14 Webinar: Thematic Analysis using NVivo

Planning and Managing a Book Project Webinar

People talk about “writing a book.” Of course, writing is essential, but organizational issues are the ones that can cause the greatest frustration. Academic writers do not simply draw on their imagination. We have the literature, resources about methodology and ethics, and results from our research. We must be mindful of guidelines and feedback from publishers, editors, and reviewers. This webinar will offer practical strategies learned the hard way, through 12 authored, co-authored, and edited books with five different publishers.

Planning and Managing a Book Project Webinar

Lumivero Announces Acquisition of Tevera to Data Solutions Portfolio

DENVER, CO (April 19, 2023) – Lumivero, a leading data insights provider, today announced the acquisition of Tevera, an advanced field experience and assessment management software, to its robust data solutions portfolio. The strategic acquisition further establishes Lumivero as a global leader in elevating field experience and program outcomes.

“Backed by Lumivero’s resources and powerful portfolio of data solutions, Tevera will continue to drive student success by unlocking insights for field experience and program outcomes management,” said Gareth Morrison, CEO of Lumivero. “With Tevera, we have the opportunity to provide increased insights for our users that empower them to take positive action. In this way, we can revolutionize higher education, empower student learning, and elevate the quality of education – making a huge impact on the world.”

Tevera’s core mission is to serve those who serve others so they can serve others better. The powerful work integrated learning software raises the bar worldwide for education programs that prepare students for thriving careers.

This strategic acquisition is aligned with Lumivero’s focus on connecting data in new ways to empower actionable insights and clear decision-making for growing industry segments, including academia. Together, with Lumivero’s existing field experience software Sonia, Tevera will launch Lumivero into the leading experiential learning and assessment management platform.

Designed by and for data experts, Lumivero enables customers to glean powerful new insights that help customers make decisions with confidence and increase their global collaborative impact. With Tevera, customers are empowered to:

Lumivero’s portfolio of data collaboration software includes data aggregation, organization, analysis, and reporting on research findings. Lumivero is backed by TA, a leading global growth private equity firm with more than four decades of experience helping software companies accelerate growth and create lasting shareholder value.

To learn more about Lumivero’s data solutions, visit

About Lumivero

Lumivero is a leader in global analytics and insights software, connecting data with decision-making and organizational tools to enable customers to organize, analyze, report, and collaborate on data to deliver insights and make confident decisions.

Designed by and for data experts, Lumivero combines trusted research methodologies with robust data collaboration capabilities to illuminate powerful new insights that help customers make decisions with confidence and increase their global collaborative impact. Headquartered in the United States, Lumivero also maintains offices in Australia and throughout Europe. Learn more at