Though much of the procedures involved in Q methodology can be accomplished using a variety of programs and tools, some special purpose programs offer extra features widely used by Q researchers.
- PQMethod, maintained by Peter Schmolck, based on FORTRAN code by John Atkinson at Kent State University.
Free software (GNU GPL), available for Windows, Linux and (via DOS-emulator) for OS X.
- PCQ, developed by Mike Stricklin.
Proprietary software, available only for Windows.
- qmethod package for the R software environment, created by Aiora Zabala with contributions by Maximilian Held.
Free software, available on a wide variety of UNIX platforms (including Linux), Windows and OS X.
And the legacy
Like QMethod Norman Van Tubergen’s QUANAL is a FORTAN program, developed in the 1960s for mainframe platforms. It is rather complex, and offers a great variety of features and options with respect to input-data structure, methods of analysis and the presentation of results. For further information contact Norm Van Tubergen.
|HtmlQ||Aproxima||Open Source (MIT)||Web: HTML5||Modern HTML5-port of FlashQ, backwards compatible.|
|Flash Q||Christian Hackert||Open Source (non-standard license)||Web: Adobe Flash||Last updated in 2007|
|Q-sort touch||Alessio Pruneddu||Free, but Closed Source||Web||Also includes Likert-Scale questions|
|Q-Assessor||Stan Kaufman / Epimetrics Group LLC.||Proprietary||Web||Includes analysis.|
|POETQ||Stephen Jeffares and Helen Dickinson||Closed Source –||Web||Pre Q sort questions, pre sort, click-to-place rather than drag and drop, exports native PQmethod files (.dat etc) & .csv
will host 5-10 studies at a time -priority Q-methodology and doctoral projects
Legacy (deprecated?) online Q-Software includes:
|Q-sorter Program||Riverside Accuracy Project / David Funder||Unknown||Windows||(Deprecated?)|
|Q-Sortware (QSW)||Alessio Pruneddu and Marcel Zentner||Unknown||Unknown||(In development?)|
|Q Sorter||Stephan Dekker and Carlo Scheungel (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)||Unknown||Windows (?)||(Deprecated?)|
Also consider other Q studies that have been conducted online.
Pen & Paper
Also consider this design by Gaylene Halter of a Q Sort Board made out of business cards, magnetic board and tape.