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The participants can often share common characteristics such as age or occupation that you may be interested in grouping together to inform your analysis.

You can do this by creating Case Classifications to define these groups and their attributes. They will be useful to conduct queries (NVivo methods of data analysis).  



Creating Classifications and Cases

You can create case classification for your units of analyses which may be people, organizations, places etc. 

To add a predefined case classification to your project NVivo provides two predefined case classifications - Person and organizations

1. On the Create tab (at the top of your screen in NVivo) in the Classification group, click Case Classification

2. Select Add one or more predefined classifications to the project

3. Select the check boxes for classification you want to add

4. Click OK 

5. Classify your cases (see step 2)

Classifying Cases involves:

-Describing the type of case (ex: Person vs. Organization)

-Defining the attribute values (ex: Age, Gender, Occupation)

To do this step you need to have set up a case classification (see step 1).  You need to create at least 1 classification before you classify cases.

To assign cases to a classification:

-In List View, select the cases, and then right click and choose Classification


For more help with classifying cases see the NVivo help page

Set the attribute values for cases: 

These are the describing characteristics (age, gender, etc.) that you with to analyze

1. In Navigation View, click the case classification for the cases you want to work with 

2. In List View, expand each case to see the attributes and attribute values 

3. Select the attribute, then click in the value field. You can enter a new value or find a preexisting value.

You may be working with a large number of cases:

NVivo has ways of speeding up the process with a large number of cases, by assigning case classifications based on a criteria. 

Depending on the form of data you have:

1. A spreadsheet that contains a list of cases and their attribute values

2. A dataset of survey responses including demographic information about respondents 

3. A dataset containing social media data

4. Created cases in your NVivo project but they are not classified yet

Can go to the QSR help page to the Working with a large number of cases for a table explaining suggested approaches.