Qualitative research goes beyond the examination of who, what, when, and where, to explore why and how. The aim of the qualitative research will vary among the disciplines, but has been adapted by psychologists, sociologists, and other social scientists, as well as health professionals, political analysts, and educators.
Qualitative Data Analysis (QDA) includes a range of processes used to convert collected data into accessible forms for researchers to categorize, interpret, and find meaning.
Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis (CAQDAS) software is used to assist researchers with data management, transcription analysis, coding, mapping, interpretation of text, audio, or video, and other tasks. One advantage of the tools is their ability to store the analysis in a searchable interactive format.