Visual Methodologies: Reflecting on Research with Visual Materials

Visual Methodologies: Reflecting on Research with Visual Materials

NVivo 14 Webinars Better Together for Real-Time Insights

NVivo 14 Webinars Better Together for Real-Time Insights

Thank you for your interest in the NVivo 14 Better Together Webinar showing the new functionality of real-time collaboration and deeper insights with NVivo 14, NVivo Collaboration Cloud and Citavi integration.

Best Practices in the Design and Use of Field Evaluation Instruments OnDemand

Best Practices in the Design and Use of Field Evaluation Instruments

Social work programs currently have a lot of discretion in how they design and implement their field evaluation instruments. However, programs haven’t always feel that freedom. As a result, some programs are still basing their field evaluations on old rules and expectations. This session will talk about the different options for Field Evaluation instruments, and participants can share their own positive and negative experiences in their practice.

Coordinating Nationwide Student Clinical Placements with Sonia

Learn how Indiana State University’s School of Nursing effectively uses Sonia for managing student placement programs around the United States and sending mass communication to students, faculty, and proctors.

Supporting Software for an Innovative Placement Program

Indiana State University (ISU) School of Nursing provides their students with the convenient option of scheduling clinical preceptorships in their own geographic area, but with three courses and hundreds of students, coordinating these field placements can be a challenge.

Lea Ann Camp, Instructor and Clinical Placement Coordinator at ISU School of Nursing, knew her field placement team needed something other than the home-grown program housed in Blackboard to manage the 400 annual student placement requests.

“Each student has to have three placements over their program, and the unique part is that they are placed in the state where they reside and hold their LPN license,” said Camp. “That brings us to about 450 clinical partners across the United States.”

With Sonia, Camp’s team was able to streamline student placement management by coordinating all the information for 150 to 175 students, 450 clinical partners, and across 28 states each semester.

Adopting Sonia for Student Placement Management

Within Sonia, workflows were developed to automatically complete steps and improve efficiency. Once a student enters the School of Nursing, they are immediately enrolled in Sonia. The automated, customizable workflow capabilities streamline the onboarding process as students are sent instructions on how to create an account and join the correct placement group for their semester.

After students complete the initial setup, they receive an automated prompt to complete a clinical request form within Sonia. The clinical site placement request form is interactive for both the student and clinical placement team and collects and securely stores data such as their state license number, date of birth, middle initial, and phone number in a centralized location – saving the team from needing to contact students individually for this vital information. With this form, each student identifies and ranks three facilities in their state where they would like to have their clinical preceptorships.

From here, the clinical placement team takes the following three steps:

  1. Ensure that the placement site is included in the placement group.Within Sonia, the team verifies that the field placement site is included in the placement group (a grouping of students based on their course or degree made in Sonia) and actions the form if it is not already in the Sonia system. If the placement site is in the system, the team can pull all the necessary information from the master list.
  2. Request the placement site for the student based on rankings.For each student, Sonia shows the placement site, current status, and whether or not it has been allocated to the student. In this way, both the student and placement team can quickly review where each student is at in the process.“It’s not unusual for us to request five to seven places before we actually get to having a student confirmed,” said Camp. “The challenge is that we are really placing each individual person. They aren’t in cohorts – they’re individual placements that the team has to work on.”
  3. Allocate the student and update the worksheet.Once a student is confirmed for a clinical placement, the faculty member and preceptor name are noted in Sonia and can be viewed by the student and all placement management team members. Customizable communication templates within Sonia are used to share all important information with the student, primary contact, and the preceptor. As the system holds all the vital information, Sonia makes it easy to share timely and accurate information with all parties.

    “One of the things we love about Sonia is that we communicate either in mass emails or in individual emails,” said Camp. “When we’re ready to send the preceptor packet, we can send the preceptor packet to each preceptor – and it’s different for each course. This saves a tremendous amount of time in our workflow.”

    Team members use follow-up flags to keep track of the progress and show what is happening with each student. These flags can be tagged with a due date to indicate the next follow-up task and include a description section for team members to note all steps taken up to that point.

An Invaluable Asset for Student Field Placement Management

During the first full semester of using Sonia, Camp’s student clinical placement team was able to process 200 requests made during a two-week time frame. Sonia saved the team a significant amount of time as previously this high volume of placement requests would have taken over a month to process.

Students, faculty, and the placement team now have access to excellent records of each student’s placement and the specifics of each placement – down to the directions to each site! This information is stored securely in a centralized location, making it safer for data security and allowing for quick access in case of an emergency. The placement team also has the ability to switch roles in Sonia to act either as a student or faculty member in order to help diagnose any issues.

The automated, customizable email feature in Sonia allows the placement team to quickly send important, accurate information to all relevant parties and keeps a record of which communication has taken place.

With Sonia, Indiana State University’s School of Nursing has revolutionized their nationwide student clinical placement process.

Request a free demo of Sonia to see how our software can help streamline the management of your student placement program.

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Lumivero Launches NVivo 14: Prominent Qualitative Data Analysis Software Empowers Researchers to Collaborate in Real-Time, Stay Organized, and Deliver World-Class Research

DENVER, CO (March 14, 2023)  – Lumivero, the leading data insights provider, has announced the release of NVivo 14, the revolutionary qualitative data analysis software that empowers researchers to collaborate in real-time, stay organized, and deliver world-class research.                     

This reimagined version of the NVivo platform empowers individuals, teams and organizations to come together and tailor solutions to collaborate in real time, stay organized and create insights to deliver world-class research. This is the first major release from Lumivero following the Oct. 2022 strategic partnership with QSR International, Palisade and Addinsoft to create leading data insights provider Lumivero. 

“NVivo 14 brings the future of qualitative data analysis into the hands of researchers without boundaries,” said Gareth Morrison, CEO of Lumivero. “In today’s world of global collaboration, researchers need a platform that removes barriers and allows for seamless analysis. We’re proud to fuel the next frontier of data discovery and support researchers making an impact on a global scale.” 

NVivo 14 combines all the functionality of the award-winning NVivo software with the addition of new features that help researchers seamlessly share projects, get more done in less clicks, instantly integrate their Citavi data, sign in to all purchased NVivo and Citavi products with a single account, and collaborate across Mac and PC in real-time with NVivo’s reimagined Collaboration Cloud. 

For the first time, NVivo 14 integrates with the all-in-one writing and knowledge management tool Citavi giving researchers instant access to references, research and knowledge items collated in Citavi. This seamless integration across both platforms allows researchers to publish faster by going beyond simple reference management to creating a springboard to collate references and thoughts, analyze literature and connect to empirical data with NVivo’s research tools to produce your article in record time. 

NVivo 14’s cloud-based collaboration functions to advance team research and publishing efforts. When paired with the reconceptualized NVivo Collaboration Cloud, it provides simultaneous connections to cloud-stored projects, allowing team members to work across geographic areas, organizations, and operating systems in real time. Research teams will now enjoy the benefits of better coordination and instant access to shared data, making it easier to code and extract value from secondary research while combining the primary data of various team members to enhance overall findings.  

The new NVivo release also brings a 10% increase in response times, an improved user portal experience and simplified account management with a single login, allowing researchers access to all their NVivo and Citavi resources and products in a secure, centralized location. 

NVivo has received numerous awards based on customer reviews – including several Leader badges from peer-to-peer software review site G2 – and is the leading qualitative data analysis software, cited 149 percent more than competing solutions according to Elsevier.  

To learn more, purchase, or sign up for a free trial, visit NVivo at       

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 


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NVivo 14: Reimagined Collaboration, Deeper Insights, and Greater Impact

The newest version of NVivo is a significant step forward in an age when collaborative research is critical. As we bring NVivo 14 to the market, we’re addressing some increasingly essential needs of the research community:

We’ve designed NVivo 14 with these needs in mind. NVivo is already well known as a powerful qualitative and mixed methods data analysis software that supports the work of the research communities in academia, government, healthcare, business, and the nonprofit sectors.

Researchers have long relied on NVivo to stay organized, accelerate insights, collaborate, and deliver world-class information fast. You’ve trusted us to facilitate research projects, simplify information sharing, and bolster analysis and insights of the knowledge gained through your work.

We’ve heard you say your research tools need to be even more effective and robust, particularly when it comes to facilitating more powerful teamwork within your organizations. So, we developed NVivo 14 to fulfill that vision.

Powerful Teams & Enterprise Collaboration on Mac OS, Windows or Both

Collaborative research should be as simple as a conversation, and when you add our reimagined NVivo Collaboration Cloud, NVivo 14 delivers on that ideal. Team members will experience real-time collaboration as projects quickly and automatically update across the team. NVivo 14 also allows users to collaborate and share a project regardless of the chosen operating system — Microsoft Windows or Mac OS — syncing projects across operating systems and eliminating the file conversion process.

When used with NVivo Collaboration Cloud, NVivo 14 provides simultaneous connections to projects for multiple users. This combination of tools makes it easy for colleagues or entire teams to code and analyze together. Users can even continue working without an internet connection with NVivo’s Online/Offline functionality. Add to that an enhanced portal experience and SSO and you have a comprehensive set of tools to lay the groundwork for unprecedented coordination and efficiency within your teams.

Better Together: NVivo 14 Fully Integrates with Citavi for Even More Powerful Insights

Lumivero’s Citavi is the only all-in-one reference and knowledge management tool. With Citavi, you can search resources from around the world, create tasks, analyze texts, save quotes and ideas, create outlines for drafts, and write reports, articles, or books – faster and more efficiently than you ever thought possible. Citavi provides a finessing springboard for your literature research and corresponding data – highlighting synthesis points and ultimately expediting the publishing process. Access to Citavi data from NVivo 14 is an essential boost for researchers looking to produce and organize their work quickly and efficiently.

As the most cited research tool for qualitative research, NVivo 14 introduces real-time collaboration in research and analysis across teams, operating systems, and tools with its full integration with Citavi. That means researchers who have been capturing reference insights and information can now import and analyze in NVivo with a simple connection of their projects, reducing duplication of effort between the two tools. Once a researcher’s data is in Citavi, they can use the NVivo query engine and visualizations to dig deeper into their findings.

Streamlined and Simplified Across the Board

In addition to the enhancements already described, NVivo 14 simplifies the user experience. For one thing — and it’s a big one — NVivo 14 provides a new Simplified Access & Management Single Sign-on (SSO). So whether you use NVivo, NVivo Transcription, NVivo Collaboration Cloud, Citavi, or a combination of them all, SSO offers a secure, centralized, and easy-to-use management portal experience. One account provides access to your resources, tools, data, and applications.

NVivo’s user enhancements don’t stop there! Additional improvements include::

Experience a New, More Powerful NVivo

The research community deserves tools that work better together, and NVivo delivers on our promise of meeting this need through the release of NVivo 14, along with its companion tools – NVivo Transcription, NVivo Collaboration Cloud, and Citavi.

NVivo 14 builds on all the great attributes of previous versions and delivers the most effective research collaboration experience available, making it a more straightforward yet more robust process. As the most cited research tool for qualitative and mixed methods research, NVivo 14 introduces real-time collaboration in research, analysis, writing, publishing, and real-time coding across teams. Designed to help researchers deliver world-class analysis, NVivo 14 allows teams to tailor tools and solutions that make creating insights across operating systems and geographic areas easier than ever.

Discover the most powerful NVivo yet for improved team collaboration, deeper insights, and faster results by getting started with NVivo 14 today.

Citavi Updates (März 2023)

Wir haben Citavi 6.15.2 veröffentlicht und laden Sie ein, diese Version zu installieren, um die unten aufgeführten Fehler zu beheben.

Falls Sie nach dem Öffnen eines Projekts nicht über ein verfügbares Update informiert werden, können Sie das Update auch von hier herunterladen und installieren: Ihre bestehenden Citavi-Projekte und die Einstellungen werden durch das Update nicht beeinflusst, und es ist auch in der Regel nicht nötig, ältere Citavi 6-Versionen vor dem Update zu deinstallieren.

Wir haben ebenfalls ein Update von Citavi Web und vom Citavi Assistant veröffentlicht.

Darüber hinaus haben wir in der neuen Version die Möglichkeit geschaffen, die Daten in Ihren mit Citavi 6 oder Citavi Web erstellten Cloud-Projekten mit NVivo zu teilen.

Wir immer ist das Update für bestehende Nutzer kostenlos.

Citavi Desktop


· Korrektur eines Fehlers bei der Installation von DBServer mit MS SQL Server Express 2022.

· Änderungen bei der Grundeinstellung von Schriftart und Schriftgröße von formatierbaren Textfeldern werden nun korrekt umgesetzt.

· Ein Lizenzproblem mit der neuen PDFTron-Version wurde behoben.

· Die Meldung über bestätigte und unbestätigte Lizenzen im Citavi Account wurde verbessert.

· Ein Fehler bei der Volltextsuche in PDF-Dateien wurde behoben.

Citavi Web


· Eine Titelauswahl kann wieder korrekt exportiert werden.

· Kategorien konnten unter bestimmten Umständen nicht korrekt im Kategorienbaum verschoben werden.

· Ein Synchronisationsfehler zwischen Citavi Web und dem Citavi Assistant wurde behoben, der dazu führte, dass neu kategorisierte Titel und Wissenselemente nicht sofort in der neuen Kategorie sichtbar waren.

· Unter bestimmten Umständen führte das Laden der Lizenzseite im Account zu einem Fehler.

· Wissenselemente wurden unter bestimmten Umständen in einer Kategorie mehrfach aufgeführt.

Citavi Assistant


· Nachweise im Text werden bei Autor-Jahr-Stilen nicht mehr dupliziert, wenn nachträglich eine Seitenzahl hinzugefügt wird.

· Seitenzahlen können nun zuverlässig zu bestehenden Nachweisen hinzugefügt werden.

· Ein Klick auf das Linksymbol vor Wissenselementen im Citavi Assistant öffnet nun das zugehörige Wissenselement in Citavi Web.

· Ein Synchronisationsfehler zwischen Citavi Web und dem Citavi Assistant wurde behoben, der dazu führte, dass neu kategorisierte Titel und Wissenselemente nicht sofort in der neuen Kategorie sichtbar waren.

Citavi Updates (March 2023)

We just released an update to Citavi 6 (Citavi 6.15.2). We encourage you to install this version so you can take full advantage of the bug fixes listed below.

If an update notification does not appear automatically in Citavi, you can download and install the Setup at Your Citavi projects and settings will not be affected by the update, and it's normally not necessary to uninstall older versions of Citavi 6 before installing the update.

We have also released an update for Citavi Web and Citavi Assistant.

We also have included the ability to share your Citavi data with NVivo. This is just for cloud projects created with Citavi Web or Citavi Desktop.

As always, this is a free update for all Citavi users.

Citavi Desktop


· Resolved the license file name issue in the DBServer setup with MS SQL Server Express 2022.

· Text formatting issue has been fixed, any changes to the fonts and font sizes are now applied correctly.

· License issue with the new PDFTron version has been fixed.

· The notifications for unverified and verified licenses have been improved.

· Resolved an issue where the Full text search in PDF files resulted in a failure message.

Citavi Web


· Exporting selections of references is fully functional again.

· Resolved an issue where moving category branches was not working as expected.

· The synchronization issue between Citavi Assistant and Web whenever a reference or a knowledge item is added to a category has been fixed.

· Fixed an issue where the ‘Licenses’ page did not load successfully under certain conditions.

· Knowledge Items are no longer displayed several times when assigned to more than one category.

Citavi Assistant


· Inserted references are no longer duplicated when page numbers were added to existing references in Author-Year citation styles.

· Adding page numbers to existing references now works reliably.

· The link icon in the Citavi Assistant now opens the associated Knowledge Item in Citavi Web.

· The synchronization issue between Citavi Assistant and Web whenever a reference or a knowledge item was added to a category has been fixed.

Getting Started with ScheduleRiskAnalysis in 10 Steps

Managing uncertainty in project schedules has never been easier thanks to DecisionTools Suite’s newest feature, ScheduleRiskAnalysis (SRA). SRA lets you perform risk analysis using Monte Carlo simulation on scheduling models created in Microsoft Project or Oracle Primavera P6, all within Microsoft Excel. By conducting risk analysis, you can figure out when projects might miss deadlines or run over budget, define contingencies, and mitigate risks.

To help you start navigating risk in your project schedules, we’re highlighting the top ten steps for setting up and analyzing your project with SRA.

Getting Started

Locate and open the SRA menu near the other functions groups alongside Data Explorer and Risk Optimizer.

  1. Import the program's schedule file.

  2. Configure the analysis model to be generated.Depending on the base model in Project or P6, you can avoid some of the options. For example, if the resources or fixed costs are not configured in the original model, you can uncheck the Task Cost option.
  3. Audit the schedule structure and make the necessary adjustments. A schedule audit command examines a project schedule for logic issues that can impact a risk analysis. Changes in task durations during simulation might not propagate through a schedule if a predecessor-successor link is missing between two tasks. It is also possible for constraints to affect simulation results. When a task has a Start No Earlier Than constraint, simulated schedule changes might not affect it, since it cannot start earlier than the entered date.

  4. Start building the new probabilistic model, select if you want to create a new workbook or use the active one.
  5. Once you have selected the schedule to import and completed the audit, the system displays the Model Definition window. Using this, you can quickly set up inputs and outputs for your probabilistic structure. You can configure inputs by selecting easy modeling criteria, and declare outputs on tasks, milestones, or summaries.
  1. Once the model configuration is confirmed, @RISK will create a spreadsheet with the probabilistic SRA model ready to be analyzed.
  1. You can use the Modify Model Definition command to modify the model by changing the existing distributions in the Duration column or the outputs that were generated.In addition, you can change distributions by selecting the task and the corresponding column.

  1. After setting up the model, you are ready to run a Monte Carlo simulation and evaluate the results.

  2. The Gantt chart command can display two views of project charts, Standard and Probabilistic. Probabilistic is an alternative view to a standard chart that plots simulation data to illustrate the possible variations in durations and dates.
  1. Changes made to the schedule by the external application can be reflected in the existing SRA model by using the Reimport Project File command. When reimporting a schedule file, the SRA reads the task and resource information, compares the data, and displays the Review Changes dialog box. Tasks are matched between the two schedules using a unique internal identifier.

Looking to dive deeper into SRA and the DecisionTools Suite? Contact us for information on our custom training where we design a course around your organization’s needs.