I support research institutions in integrating qualitative methods and research software into their organizational frameworks, and I support individuals and organizations in building intellectual and technical infrastructures for collecting, making accessible, and analyzing massive qualitative data sets.

I conduct classes (college-level and above), workshops and coaching sessions on a variety of topics within the field of qualitative research. I assist researchers and research groups in choosing appropriate analytic techniques and workflows, as well as in choosing and integrating software solutions.

Contact: Schmieder Research Consulting LLC // christianschmieder@gmail.com

Handling qualitative data.

Workshop at Methods Spring School, Institute of Sociology, Freiburg University (Germany). Photo: Ann-Kathrin Haller

Workshop at Methods Spring School, Institute of Sociology, Freiburg University (Germany).
Photo: Ann-Kathrin Haller

  • MAXQDA, NVIVO, Dedoose, ATLAS.TI, f4analyse, OpenCode, WeftQDA
  • Integrating qualitative data analysis software into your project: options, challenges, work flows
  • Paper & screen: The hybrid use of QDA software
  • QDA software and its discourse: hopes, fears, future impact


  • Curriculum Development & integration of software into existing curricular frameworks
  • Institutional Community & Resource development for qualitative research & applied methodological workflows
  • Consulting on strategic institutional implementation of qualitative methods and research software
  • Train-the-trainer sessions on QDA software and methodology

Generating qualitative data.

  • Preparing and conducting interviews, group discussions, focus groups,  expert interviews
  • Recording and transcribing audio and video data

Analyzing qualitative data.

  • Theoretical & Practical Foundations of Qualitative Analysis
  • Reconstructive Analysis, Content Analysis, Grounded Theory, Discourse Analysis, Conversation Analysis
  • Metaphor analysis in the Social Sciences
  • Language-Focused Analytic Heuristics in Qualitative Research

Previous workshops, talks, lectures & Consulting (selection)

  • University of Santa Barbara (CA): Dpt. of Education, Gevirtz School
  • University of Southern California (CA): Pullias Center for Higher Education
  • University at Albany-SUNY (NY): Dpt. of Educational Theory & Practice
  • Michigan State University (MI): College of Education
  • UW Madison (WI): School of Education / STS - Software Training for Students / Social Sciences Computing Cooperative / University of Wisconsin-Cooperative Extension / University of Wisconsin Extension Continuing Education, Outreach & E-Learning (CEOEL) /  Institute for Research on Poverty / University of Wisconsin Law School / Games+Learning+Society Research Group / School of Social Work / Department of Sociology / School of Medicine and Public Health / Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) / School of Journalism & Mass Communication
  • Colgate University (NY): Dept. of Geography / Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology / Upstate Institute / Division of Social Sciences
  • Public Health Madison & Dane County
  • FU Berlin: Center for European Integration, NFG Research Group / Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies / Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures & Societies / Dahlem Research School
  • Freiburg University: Dept. of Political Science / Dpt. of Sociology / Methods Springschool / Dpt. of Anthropology / Dpt. of Archeology
  • Vilnius University (Lithuania): Faculty of Philosophy
  • Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg
  • Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development GmbH, Dortmund
  • Tübingen University: Institute of Occupational and Social Medicine
  • Humboldt University Berlin: Institute for Educational Sciences