Qualitative Data Analysis

Qualitative data analysis, or QDA, is a type of research wherein unstructured, non-numerical data is used. Examples of qualitative data that are relevant to speech analysis are transcripts, audio recordings and videos. With this type of data, it is most common the researcher is interested not in absolute quantitative aspects of the data, but in the contents of the data itself, in order to take a more heuristic approach.

A digital tool that assists qualitative data analysis is called CAQDAS, which stands for Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software. Popular examples of CAQDAS programs are ATLAS.TI, MaxQDA and nVivo. Below you will find more information on these three competitors, among other tools. It is important to note that much of the functionality of a lot of the industry leading QDA packages is similar. We recommend basing your choice of software on what your research institution already offers.


Below is a list of CAQDAS and other tools that assist in the analysis of qualitative data. Do keep in mind that this list is based on the personal experiences of our staff and thus should not be seen as a complete list of possibilities. The examples are alphabetically ordered.