Quality & Quantity

, Volume 47, Issue 6, pp 3261–3276 | Cite as

Opening up open-ended survey data using qualitative software



This article considers the contribution that qualitative software can make to ‘opening up’ open-ended question (‘OEQ’) data from surveys. While integrating OEQ data with the analysis of fixed response items is a challenge, it is also an endeavour for which qualitative software offers considerable support. For survey researchers who wish to derive more analytic value from OEQ data, qualitative software can be a useful resource. We profile the systematic use of qualitative software for such purposes, and the procedures and practical considerations involved. The discussion is illustrated by examples derived from a survey dataset relating to environmental risk in the UK.


Open ended questions Survey methods Qualitative software Mixing qualitative and quantitative methods 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of SurreyGuildfordUK

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