Analytic Quality Glossary


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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2004-21, Analytic Quality Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 18 June, 2021 , © Lee Harvey 2004–2021.


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Ex-post assessment

core definition

Ex-post assessment involves undertaking  a review of an operational programme or institution.

explanatory context


analytical review

Campbell and Rozsnyai (2002, p. 132) define:

Ex post assessment/evaluation: Assessing/evaluating quality after a programme or institution has been in operation in order to establish strengths and weaknesses.

associated issues

Ex-post or ex-ante?

The Australian Department of Education, Science and Training (2008) notes:

International experience in research evaluation shows that techniques and approaches for ex post evaluation are continuing to evolve. There has been more advances in this area than in the ex ante (or assessment for selection) form of evaluation. Ex ante evaluation is primarily for one purpose: selection for funding. It continues to be largely focused on identifying research quality, although it is increasingly taking into account potential ‘useability’.

Ex post evaluation, on the other hand is carried out for a variety of purposes. It can be directed toward improving programme design, assessing the impact of programmes or whole agencies, or producing better value for money. It is therefore not surprising that there is a wider range of approaches used in  ex post evaluations.

Many agencies … have attempted to learn, through ex post evaluations, of the effectiveness and impact of their ex ante assessment mechanisms and processes. Better-practices, however, have developed more systematic approaches for ensuring that ex post analyses are linked to ongoing refinements in ex ante processes. In some cases this has been approached through the dissemination of reports to research assessment committees and their administrative organs. More effective learning processes have included representatives of ex ante assessment committees in the ex post evaluation process.

related areas

See also

ex-ante assessment


Campbell, C. & Rozsnyai, C., 2002, Quality Assurance and the Development of Course Programmes. Papers on Higher Education Regional University Network on Governance and Management of Higher Education in South East Europe Bucharest, UNESCO.

Department of Education, Science and Training, 2008, Valuing University Research,, last updated Tuesday, 26 August 2008, © Commonwealth of Australia, accessed 16 July 2012, not available at this address 21 September 2012.

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