How do I Code Blind to Other Users?

Alina Lieber -


Using Dedoose as your qualitative data analysis environment allows you to filter your data by many different variables, codes, descriptors, and even users. We’ve had some questions about how you can have multiple team members code the same document without seeing one another’s codes. In other words…how to code blind to the work of others. This step-by-step guide is designed to walk you through the process.

Coding blind can be useful in many different situations. Perhaps you want to see how you and your teammates code a document without being influenced by other users. Maybe you are establishing your code tree as a team, before you use the Training Center to find your inter-rater reliability. Whatever the reason may be, you can in fact code blind in Dedoose.

To Start, Go to the Data Selector Workspace

Step 1: Click the 'Users' Tab

Step 2: Click 'Deactivate All'

Step 3: Click on the username for the whose work you wish to view to reactivate

Step 4: Click the 'Excerpts' Tab

When the temperature gauge slides to something below 100%, you'll know the filter has applied

Step 5: Close the Data Selector pop-up

Now everything you view and analyze while the filter is active will be only that work carried out by the activated user. You will know that the filter is active because the Data Set icon will glow red.

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