Apps for Qualitative Research

A few days ago we reviewed some Reference Management apps, some tools that are extremely useful when we are on the road. A few weeks back we had reviewed some great iPhone add-ons to gather good fieldwork data, and recently we reviewed some desktop base Qualitative Software; but…. is there any way we can continue with our analysis on the road?

Here we will review a few of Apps that will help us in order to continue the difficult work of data analysis:


ATLAS.ti Mobile – Qualitative Data Analysis



The data collection and coding companion for users of ATLAS.ti. Record, segment, comment and code audio, video, image, textual and PDF documents. Export projects to ATLAS.ti 7 or ATLAS.ti for Mac for further analysis and reporting.


The ATLAS.ti iPad app lets you do all of the following:

  • Create ATLAS.ti projects
  • Record, assign, segment, and code photos, audio, and videos
  • Assign, segment and code existing photos, audio, and videos
  • Assign, segment and code PDF documents, including Web downloads
  • Create and edit text documents
  • Create fine-grained quotation segments in text, images, audio and video files
  • Create and edit comments for all types of objects
  • Create and edit memos
  • Tag images, recordings, videos, and documents with geo-location info
  • One-step export of full project via Dropbox or iTunes file shares

System requirements: ATLAS.ti Mobile requires iOS 6.1. Please update your iPad if you use an older iOS version. Updating your iPad (all editions newer than iPad 1) is easy and free.


ATLAS.ti Mobile is the perfect tool for interviews – Record audio or video on location, then start segmenting and coding on the way home. Once there, just transfer your project to the desktop version of ATLAS.ti to fully leverage its analysis tools, visualization, and team collaboration. At work, at home, or anywhere in between, ATLAS.ti keeps you moving right along!


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  Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.1 or later. Compatible with iPad
 MAXApp - MAXQDA Mobile App



Put the power of qualitative data analysis in your pocket! MAXApp is your QDA companion for the road. Perfect for field work, the app allows you to create text documents, record audio and to take or import photos and videos. Add codes or emoticodes, attach memos and pick up location information on the go. You can manage multiple projects which can be effortlessly imported via Dropbox to your desktop MAXQDA.

As you collect data, the app enables you to fluidly code with regular text codes or with its innovative emoticode system: choose from over 300 emoticons and symbols to mark anything from entire documents to text abstracts or multimedia files. Designed specifically for on-the-go functionality, making it easy to keep up regardless of if you’re recording interviews in the field, documenting your surroundings, or reviewing the day’s research in the office.

Qualitative Data Analysis (QDA) lends itself to disciplines such as sociology, political science, psychology, public health, anthropology, education, marketing, economics, and urban planning. By tagging pieces of information with codes, MAXQDA generates an intuitive workspace that lets you manage what you know, discover what you don’t know, develop your hypotheses, and accommodate research approaches such as content analysis, Grounded Theory, and mixed methods.

MAXApp is the perfect MAXQDA companion for your iPad, your iPhone or your Android tablet and phone!

Perfect for field work, the app allows you to take notes, take or import photos and videos, and record audio. All of your data can be effortlessly imported via Dropbox or USB cable (Android) to your desktop MAXQDA.

With MAXApp you can create:

  • Text documents
  • Pictures
  • Video
  • Audio

Code fluently with Codes and Emoticodes as you go

Code your data with text codes or emoticode®s and pre-structure your material for a quicker analysis in MAXQDA. Adding codes is simple, just select some text or the whole piece of data and add a code.

Text documents display codes in the familiar coding stripes right next to the text, that you know and love from MAXQDA.

Attach additional notes to your data with memos

Have something important you need to remember about your note, pictures, videos or audio recordings? Write it down in a memo, that stays attached to your data, even after you transfer it to MAXQDA.

A memo is the perfect place for all the important information that could otherwise get lost. It could also hold the beginning of case summaries for each case, information about the situation in which the data was collected or anything else you need to remember.

Memos play an important role in MAXQDA and the built in memo manager offers advanced note taking and note searching features.

Use geo tags to add a geographical dimension to your analysis

Your smart phone often knows where you are. Take advantage of your device’s GPS functionality and automatically tag your data with the location you’re at, or pick a location straight from the map.

Connect the dots – MAXQDA can connect your data to Google Earth data, which makes it possible to combine qualitative and geographical data. Wether you wish to group your data by country, compare findings between different parts of town, or track movement behaviour in a specific area, MAXApp makes it so much easier to collect the information you need.

Export and Continue your Analysis in MAXQDA

Transfer your data to MAXQDA via Dropbox or USB cable (Android) and seamlessly continue your analysis in a state-of-the-art QDA software that allows for a professional content analysis.

In MAXQDA go to “Project > Import MAXApp Project” to import all of your work seamlessly into MAXQDA, where you can continue your analysis with a state-of-the-art QDA software.

Start your analysis off right with the perfect field work companion for MAXQDA.



Go to MAXApp for iOS Tutorial


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Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Dedoose - A research tool for organizing and analyzing text, photos, audio, videos, spreadsheet data!Dedoose



Dedoose: a pioneering research application for organizing and analyzing text, video, audio, and survey data; now available on the iPad! Access and work with your existing Dedoose data sets or start a new project directly from your tablet.

Dedoose is a modern app that makes Qualitative and Mixed Methods research effective and efficient. Connect to this natively collaborative platform and get working alone or in real-time with your teammates from anywhere.

From students looking to organize, tag, and retrieve information for a school report, marketing researchers, to social scientists at top tier academic institutions. Dedoose is the most flexible and collaborative qualitative and mixed method tool on the market. Join and receive your first month free—no strings and not a limited trial version—give it a spin and you’ll be happy you did.


  • Import Data such as Text (txt, doc, rtf, htm, html, pdf), Audio (mp3, wav), Video (mp4), and spreadsheets (xls, xlsx).
  • Create/Transcribe documents in real time.
  • Link you’re qualitative data to your quantitative data for real time interactive charts.
  • Tag/Code your data, including the ability to add weight values (optional), to organize your data and power the advanced analysis system using over 40 interactive data visualizations to assist you in finding patterns, as well as drilling down directly to the source.
  • Interactive audio/video excerpter with optional transcription system.
    Import and Export all your data from other packages.
  • Online, real-time, and collaborate. Work interactively with other members of your team using the tablet app, desktop app, or browser app on almost any platform.
  • Intuitive: Easy to learn and use, Dedoose has a clean UX – focused interface maximize comfort and your ability to capitalize on all its functionality.

Secure: Designed from the ground up with security as our backbone, Dedoose uses many levels of encryption and hardened systems designed in order to protect and secure your data. You even have the option of using your own strong encryption password that makes it impossible for anyone other than you to access your data, including us! We have passed every technical security audit demanded by some of the biggest and technology advanced companies in the world.
Built by researchers for researchers: Dedoose originally started and as in house tool in 2003 (EthnoNotes) to assist our research team. Over the years it’s popularity has grown in large part to our dedication to the science and validity of research itself.
Outstanding Support: Email or call us. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, our blog, or our forum. We are here to answer your questions and assure everyone gets the best out of Dedoose.

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Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later. Compatible with iPad.


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