Richards and Richards (1992) acknowledge that there are a number of benefits associated with qualitative data analysis programs such as NUD*IST. In contrast to the labour intensive manual methods of qualitative analysis, NUD*IST allows the researcher to store text efficiently, to access documents easily, to quickly move back into documents to retrieve and browse contextual information, to manage extensive amounts of coding, and to revise and expand categories and sub-categories with relatively little effort.
Although NUD*IST has made the tasks of the qualitative researcher easier and more efficient, it is important to note that it does so without sabotaging the traditional methods of qualitative data analysis (Richards & Richards, 1992).
In QSR NUD*IST, Version 3, the interviewer wrote memos under each node as the analyzing of the interview document was done.
After reviewing the text of the interviews in the reports generated from QSR NUD*IST, Version 3, the investigators found all the participants in the study described features in their health plans that satisfied them or dissatisfied them.
This section includes a brief overview of different computer software packages such as Ethnograph, GATOR and NUD*IST
Examples of code-based theory builders are AFTER, AQUAD, ATLAS/ti, Code-A-Text, HyperRESEARCH, NUD*IST, QCA, The Ethnograph, and winMAX.
For example, Folio Views can code and retrieve, and has an excellent text search facility ATLAS/ti, NUD*IST, The Ethnograph, and winMax graphically represent the relationships among codes, although among these, only ATLAS/ti allows you to work with and manipulate the drawing.
Kwalitan, NUD*IST, The Ethnograph, and winMAX all allow hierarchical relations among codes.
There are also a fair number of sophisticated software programs available to assist the researcher with data analysis (e.g., QSR NUD*IST, Grahan & Hannibal, 1998; MARTIN, Higgins, 1998; Catterall & MacLaran, 1998).
However, all of the features discussed are available on other commercially available software programs, such as NUD*IST and NVivo.
Doing qualitative research using QSR NUD*IST. London: Sage.