Using Folders to Organize Your Data in NVivo

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Once you have completed your data collection, think about the data you collected and how it is best to organize it. NVivo allows you to organize the data into different folders. Here are some examples:

Example 1: If you collect interviews and focus groups, you may want to create a separate folder for the interviews and a separate folder for the focus groups.

Example 2: If you collect interviews or data overtime, you may want to capture the time in different folders (e.g. create a folder for each time period).

Example 3: If you collect data from different locations, you may want to set up a folder for each location. Within each folder location, you may want to set up subfolders where you can distinguish data types (interviews or folders).

Example 4: If you collect data from people who hold different position types, you may want to set up folder for each position type. For example, you may collect interviews from Principals, teachers, and students. You can set up separate folders for each of these position types and group similar data within them.

These are just a few examples. You may also use cases to set up your data and distinguish the differences between it. As a general rule of thumb, think about the distinctions within the data and how best to deal with them. The good news is that NVivo is flexible. You can move the data around and re-organize it as you work with it.

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