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Analysing your research data – NVivo, SPSS, and Stata

Getting started with NVivo

NVivo is a software programme for qualitative data analysis, such as grounded theory (GT), content analysis, phenomenology, discourse analysis, literature reviews, and more. NVivo facilitates your research process, or more specifically, it makes it easier for you to structure, organize, and code your data in multiple formats.

Lund University has a campus license allowing employees and students to install the software without a fee. Please contact servicedesk [at] lu [dot] se for access to NVivo. Write "NVivo" in the subject line for quicker service.

If you would like to book an appointment for a consultation, contact the Library & ICT researcher support team at Library & ICT Research Support (webform).

Learn how to use NVivo effectively for qualitative research. Library & ICT offers introductory workshops online via Zoom for researchers and PhD students at the Faculty of Medicine. The structure, terminology, and functions of NVivo are presented. No prior experience is required.

Dates & registration

When: 21 and 28 September, 9.00–12.00
Where: Online via Zoom (Zoom link will be sent to registered participants.)
Register online at: NVivo Introduction 21 and 28 Sep

When: 16 and 23 November, 9.00–12.00
Where: Online via Zoom (Zoom link will be sent to registered participants.)
Register online at: NVivo Introduction 16 and 23 Nov

Getting started with SPSS

SPSS is a user-friendly software programme that facilitates data management and statistical analysis, and is used by researchers in various disciplines for quantitative analysis of complex data. SPSS has many functionalities for basic data preparation and management and descriptive statistics, as well as common statistical analysis such as T-test, ANOVA, correlation, and regression.

The Medical Faculty provides SPSS to staff and students at no cost. The SPSS licenses are managed by the Library & IC/Med IT. If you need an SPSS license contact Med IT at servicedesk [at] lu [dot] se. Please indicate whether you are using Windows or Mac OS.

If you have any questions regarding SPSS, or want to book an appointment for individual support, please contact the software license manager at Med IT at servicedesk [at] lu [dot] se. Please write "SPSS Medical Faculty" in the subject field.

Getting started with Stata

Stata is a user-friendly statistical software programme for preclinical and clinical research. For preclinical researchers, Stata can be a great alternative to GraphPad Prism that is not syntax based and thus not suitable for producing research results. Stata is compatible with, among others, R (one can use R from within Stata) and a Bayesian language Stan for those wanting flexibility.

Stata is also excellent for clinical researchers, offering simple solutions to data management problems, but also advanced methods including, but not limited to, survival analysis, mixed models, doubly robust methods, Bayesian methods, and many others.

Stata is available at no cost for all PhD students at the Faculty of Medicine. Contact Med IT for technical support and installation at servicedesk [at] lu [dot] se.

Stata comes with thorough manuals, help files and working examples, making it easy to explore new methods. It also has an active online community that answers questions and offers help.


Library & ICT research support team

Ask a question or book a consultation at Library & ICT Research Support (web form).