You can access Mini-Lab training dates, times and other details by visiting our Mini-Lab calendar.
The Mini-Lab is located in the West Bank Office Building (Rooms 328A|328B). Participants can access the lab during office hours (8-4:30 pm, M-F, excluding University holidays). Computer stations are available on a first come, first serve basis. Please email minilab @ umn.edu if you’d like to use our facilities.
Please park in the surface lot of the West Bank Office Building. We can provide you with 4-hour parking vouchers that will allow you to get out of the lot without charge. If you need a voucher, please contact Zobeida in advance so that she can arrange to get the appropriate number of parking vouchers to you.
Storing your data
Data cannot be permanently stored on lab computers, nor should storage devices should be left in the min-lab. Files should be kept on external hard drives, flash drives, etc. You are welcome to bring your own, or you can let us know and we will arrange to have some on hand for you.
We are wanting to monitor and improve the resources at the Mini-Lab. We ask participants and users of the Mini-Lab to complete this short survey.
The Mini-Lab is on the 3rd floor of the West Bank Office Building (WBOB Rm 328A|328B), located on the West Bank of the UMN campus. This quiet, sunlit space provides several comfortable places to gather for discussions. It can also be easily transformed for in-person trainings by skilled instructors, or be configured to build skills-based software tutorials.
Mini-Lab participants have access to the following:
- Computers and equipment for data entry and analysis (first come, first served)
- Four desktop computers (two Macs, two PCs)
- Two laptops
- Digital recorders
- A color printer
- Foot pedals (for easier transcription)
- A variety of books
Software for data organization and analysis
A reference library (a selection is listed below)
Atlas.ti and NVivo offer limited demos that can be accessed on personal computers.
The UMN offers NVivo subscription options to students, faculty, and staff. Please contact UMN IT for further information.
Using Atlas.ti on Windows
Discover NVivo 12 Plus Webinar
Billy Wong NVivo Tutorials
The Learning Lab Series began in Fall 2020. This series is dedicated to introducing MCH and PHN students and practitioners to the principles of qualitative data collection techniques.
Introduction to NVIVO
1. To learn the basic functions of NVivo including creating a project, coding, annotations and memos, and running queries.
2. To learn how to set up your project for smoothing coding between team members.
NVivo 12 Training Manual by Mr. Godfrey Nkwera (Plan International)
NVivo offers a free trial for new users
Introduction to Photovoice
1. Exposure to the principles of photovoice as a method of qualitative research.
2. Introduction to the application of photovoice in public health.
Photovoice Facilitators Guide, Rutgers University
Introduction to Walk-Along resources
Available in December 2020
Scheduled to be released in January 2021
If you’re interested in learning more about or participating in the Mini-Lab, please contact:
Dr. Zobeida Bonilla, Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health
1300 S. 2nd St., WBOB 328A|328B
Minneapolis, MN 55455
zbonilla @ umn.edu | 612-626-1733
Research Assistant for the Minnesota Women Health Report & LET-MCH Qualitative Methods Mini-Lab
minilab @ umn.edu
Moderating a Focus Group Series: