[Athen] Qualitative research software

Hunziker, Dawn A - (hunziker) hunziker at arizona.edu
Mon Mar 8 16:04:21 PST 2021

Hi Adina,

I've recently been working with a Graduate student on Nvivo. She's relying heavily on shortcut options listed at http://help-nv11.qsrinternational.com/desktop/procedures/keyboard_shortcuts.htm.

I worked with her as someone who could help explain accessible ways to navigate while one of her college peers/supervisors helped us know which features she needed to access. There were a few items that weren't reading correctly but we were able to figure out alternative ways to access/input info. Like all programs, it's not fully accessible, but it was more accessible than I was expecting based on the interface I saw. She's just beginning to use the program so my experience is based on a very small portion of what I expect this application can do.


Dawn Hunziker

IT Accessibility Consultant, Sr. | Disability Resources

The University of Arizona | hunziker at arizona.edu

drc.arizona.edu<http://drc.arizona.edu/> | itaccessibility.arizona.edu<http://itaccessibility.arizona.edu/>


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Hi everyone,

I’m wondering if anyone has info about accessibility of any qualitative research software?

The names of the products I looked for are:

* Atlas.ti- has a VPAT from 2013 posted on its site. (Not too promising)
* NVivo- I found this VPAT with no date<https://www.csulb.edu/sites/default/files/groups/academic-technology-services/nvivo_vpat.pdf> that I could find on CSU’s site. It says NVivo “uses 3rd party software” that didn’t/doesn’t work with screen readers. It doesn’t say which features don’t work. NVivo’s site says it works with JAWS<https://help-nv.qsrinternational.com/12/win/v12.1.98-d3ea61/Content/about-nvivo/accessibility.htm#UseascreenreaderwithNVivo> here. Dept of Veterans Affairs found it was “not conformant” with Section 508<https://www.oit.va.gov/Services/TRM/ToolPage.aspx?tid=6085> in June 2020.
* “MAXQDA” “VPAT” -didn’t find any relevant results on Google and I didn’t find any accessibility info on its site
* "Dedoose" "vpat" -didn’t find any relevant results on Google and I didn’t find any accessibility info on its site
* "Provalis research text analytics software" "vpat" -didn’t find any relevant results on Google and I didn’t find any accessibility info on its site

Names of some others I didn’t look up are

* Raven’s Eye
* Quirkos

I would consider other qualitative research software if I find any that’s screen reader accessible. I’m sighted and this is planning ahead for a project where I might be working with colleague(s) who are blind or have other disabilities.

Thank you for any ideas!

Adina Mulliken

Silberman School of Social Work and Urban Public Health Library

Hunter College, CUNY

Phone: will reply via phone or video chat upon request

Pronouns: she/her

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