MAXQDA Professional Trainer:
Christian Schmieder, Ph.D.

Language(s) German, English
Location Madison, Wisconsin (USA)
Radius North America
  • Train-the-Trainer workshops with a focus on using software as a teaching tool for core concepts and procedures of qualitative analysis & methodology (multi-day sessions)
  • Intensive Analysis Workshops and Work Retreats for Research Teams using MAXQDA in their projects
Methodological Expertise

Qualitative Evaluation, Qualitative Interviewing & Question Generation, Thematic Analysis, Grounded Theory, Metaphor Analysis, Discourse Analysis, Narrative Analysis, Integratives Basisverfahren, Methods Pedagogy

Consulting Services

Curriculum Development Support for integrated methods/software curricula

Consulting on building institutional user-bases and institutional knowledge on qualitative methods through integrated software & methods training

Consulting on integration of MAXQDA as an institutional backbone for research, research management &  interdisciplinary work in research institutions and the business sector

Consulting on setup, configuration and structural maintenance of large-scale qualitative data collection systems for seamless research & research coordination in  MAXQDA

Consulting on choosing the right software package(s) for your project, your research unit, your institution


As an expert for qualitative data analysis, data analysis software and methods pedagogy, I have over ten years experience in supporting and guiding researchers, evaluators, project teams and Higher Education institutions. At the Division of Extension (University of Wisconsin - Madison), I lead the development of the Data Jam Initiative, an Evaluation Capacity Building framework that fosters distributed, consensus-focused analyses of large qualitative datasets.

My research focuses on formal and informal methods education, especially when it comes to learning concrete analytic strategies and the adaptation and use of technology (such as qualitative data analysis software). Through my research and consulting, I aim to support Higher Education institutions in providing  equitable access to resources, mentorship and communities of practice  that qualitative analysts require to succeed.  My past research interests revolve around metaphor theory & analysis; on cross-language communication & analysis in qualitative research, and on communication in video games.

Relevant Publications

Schmieder, Christian (2019): Qualitative data analysis software as a tool for teaching analytic practice: Towards a theoretical framework for integrating QDAS into methods pedagogy. In: Qualitative Research, December 2019, p.1-19.

Schmieder, Christian / Kyrie EH Caldwell / Ellen Bechtol (2018): Readying Extension for the Systematic Analysis of Large Qualitative Data Sets. In: Journal of Extension 56(6). URL:

Schmieder, Christian (2017): Constructing and Using a Large Organizational Dataset: Identifying Equity Practices in an Institutional Civil Rights Database. In: Woolf, NH & Silver C: Qualitative Analysis Using MAXQDA: The five-level QDA method. New York: Routledge.

Schmieder, Christian/ Biesel, Kay (2016): Metaphernanalyse als rekonstruktives Verfahren. Eine Einführung für die Pflegewissenschaft. In: Hülsken-Giesler, Manfred/ Kreutzer, Susanne/Dütthorn, Nadin (Eds.): Rekonstruktive Fallarbeit in der Pflege. Methodologische Reflexionen und praktische Relevanz für Pflegewissenschaft, Pflegebildung und die direkte Pflege. Osnabrück. P. 131 - 161 [Metaphor Analysis as Reconstructive Procedure. An Introduction for Nursing Science.]

Schmieder, Christian (2014): Zur Wahl von QDA-Software. Hintergründe, Funktionalität, Hilfestellungen (Guest Chapter). In: Kruse, Jan: Einführung in rekonstruktive Interviewforschung [Introduction into reconstructive interview research]. Weinheim: Juventa. [On choosing QDA software: Backgrounds, Functionality, Guiding Aids]

Dresing, Thorsten / Thorsten Pehl / Christian Schmieder (2015) : Manual (on) Transcription. Transcription Conventions, Software Guides and Practical Hints for Qualitative Researchers. 3rd English edition (1st English edition 2012). Marburg. URL:

Kruse, Jan / Kay Biesel / Christian Schmieder (2011): Metaphernanalyse. Ein rekonstruktiver Ansatz. Wiesbaden: VS. (Series “Qualitative Sozialforschung”, edited by Ralf Bohnsack, Uwe Flick, Christian Lüders & Jo Reichertz) [Metaphor analysis. A reconstructive approach.]

Kruse, Jan / Debora Niermann / Stephanie Bethmann / Christian Schmieder (2012, eds.) : Qualitative Interviewforschung in und mit fremden Sprachen . Weinheim: Juventa. [Qualitative interview research in and with foreign languages]


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