The Comprehensive Dedoose User Guide


Dedoose is an easy-to-use, collaborative, web based application that facilitates all types of research data management and analysis.
Here's what you need to know about how to use it.

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Backing up Your Data

While Dedoose data is saved in our cloud, you may want to consider backing up your data. For more information on this

Citing Dedoose

Here is how to cite Dedoose in any manuscript, proposal, report, presentation or anywhere else it is appropriate to cite the tools you've used: Dedoose Version 9.0.15text in italic desktop application for managing, analyzing, and presenting qualitative and mixed method research data (2021text in italic). Los Angeles, CA: SocioCultural Research Consultants, LLC

The version number and year in the example above is shown in bold and italicized text as a reminder to please use the most updated version and year at the time of your publication.

The version number can be found at the bottom of the Dedoose application's log in page.

Finally, we always love to receive copies of anything you produce with a Dedoose citation so we can highlight your work on our website or other social media. Feel free to send them our way anytime!


Dedoose offers free Dedoose demos for new and prospective users. To access thesehead to this link.


While very generous, limits have been set on different aspects of a Dedoose project to protect the client-side system performance Dedoose servers can handle endless amounts of data, but contemporary local computer resources do present some limitations. The maximum limits for aspects of a Dedoose project are descriptor field sets = 10/project, descriptor fields = 50/set, descriptors = 5000/project, and resources = 5000/project.

Migrating Projects

With Dedoose it is possible to export or import data CAQDAS through the QDPX standard. Many files in a project can thus be shared. But since not all CAQDAS have the same functions, it is not possible to migrate an entire project as it is.

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Screen Reader Compatibility

Dedoose supports MSAA (Microsoft Active Accessibility) for screen readers. Any MSAA compatible screen readers will work with the application.

Security Policy - Terms and Conditions

Dedoose is ISO27001, NIST 800-53, FedRamp, HIPAA, PCI-DSS, GDPR compliant and more. For more information See

Project Specific Encryption

Data security is always paramount to Dedoose. Dedoose employs the highest levels of data encryption available for a web application in all data storage, backup, and transmission. However, encryption keys are stored in Dedoose and this allows us to assist users in project recovery and offer other project specific supports when needed. Essentially, this means, that while under all circumstances data are extremely safe, the technical and support leaders at Dedoose can access your project if the project owner/creator authorizes us to do so. That said, for some users – particularly those working in healthcare or other areas where the data privacy requirements imposed by organization, institution, or funding agency policies are exceptional – additional measures must be employed.

This is where the project specific encryption feature comes in. Dedoose is still a fully cloud-based solution, but this feature adds another layer of encryption for deeper data privacy where extraordinary sensitivities exist. When using this feature, you will hold an additional encryption key and you will need to enter your private key in order to view your project. This gives you exclusive control over who can view your project under any circumstances and all beyond the other Security Center settings you may have in place. Cost: There is no additional charge for this premium feature and it can be easily activated when creating a new Dedoose project.

IMPORTANT: Please be aware that ONLY the project creator and persons they have given access will have the key to decrypt project data when this feature is activated.


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Combining and Analyzing Mixed Method Data

Let's begin here by looking at a picture of one way qualitative and quantitative data can be linked together. The left column illustrates the flow from 'Fieldwork' to 'Generate New Themes,' summarizes much of what takes place in basic qualitative research. On the other hand, the more logical positivist (or empiricist) rules for quantitative research are more tightly constrained by guidelines for how data are to be collected, hypotheses defined, planned analyses, and results reported. But, if the questions under study can be better represented by both types of data, we need ways to bring them in touch with each other so more complex questions can be considered during analysis. In this exemplar model, ratings or dimensions of qualitative themes are generated, explored, and integrated with other quantitative data. By doing so, they serve as a mechanism for moving back and forth between the two types of data and allow easy access to the best evidence for particular questions - sometimes qualitative, sometimes quantitative, and sometimes both. In Dedoose, these ratings are the codes weights/ratings that Dedoose uses to build visualizations that expose patterns in these complex relationships (Lieber & Weisner, 2010, 'Meeting the practical challenges of mixed methods research.' In A. Tashakkori & C. Teddlie (Eds.) Sage Handbook of Mixed Methods in Social & Behavioral Research, 2nd Edition (pp. 559-579). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications).

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How Dedoose Connects these Data

This next figure shows the basic architecture of a Dedoose relational database and how the various aspects of the mixed methods database are connected. Through a set of relationships every piece of information is connected: from media to descriptors, excerpts to media, and codes/tags and tag weights/ratings to excerpts. These relationships allow Dedoose analytic features to use any and every piece of information how the data are displayed, filtered, analyzed, and exported.

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