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 22 September, 2021 , © Lee Harvey 2004–2021.


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External evaluation team

core definition

External evaluation team is the group of people, including persons external to the programme or institution being reviewed, who undertake the quality evaluation.

explanatory context

External evaluation team has many names including: expert committee, visiting experts, visiting team, peer review team, external peers, academic peer review team, evaluation group;


Normally, external evaluation teams undertake an site visits. This is not always the case and they must just deal with documentation, as for example the assessors in the UK Research Assessment Exercise.


Normally external evaluation teams include peer experts with knowledge and experience appropriate to the evaluation or review process being undertaken.

analytical review

INQAAHE (2001, p. 4) defines external evaluation team as follows:

The external evaluation team (also called expert committee, visiting team, peer review team, academic peer review team) is the group of experts, invited by the agency to do the audit or assessment. They are independent experts from academia and/or the professional world, judging the quality. Sometimes it includes other members (e.g. student) too.


EVA refers to an evaluation group and describes it thus:

Evaluation group: EVA will establish an evaluation group for each evaluation that is composed of people possessing special academic expertise in the area that is evaluated. The evaluation group is responsible for the academic contents of the evaluation and for the assessments and recommendations of the report. The evaluation group is appointed by EVA’s board, and the members must be independent of the educational programmes evaluated and also of EVA.  The size and composition of the group is adjusted to the objectives and scope of the individual evaluation. The terms of reference lay down which qualifications the group in general should possess.  EVA always seeks to recruit a member from one of the other Nordic Countries to obtain an international perspective of the evaluation.

associated issues

related areas

See also


peer review

site visit


Danmarks Evalueringsinstitut [Danish Evaluation Institute] (EVA), undated, Home / Knowledge and method / EVA's method / Evaluation group, undated, accessed, October, 2004. This document appears to be no longer on this site 7 March 2011.

International Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE), 2001, Annex: Clarification and Glossary, to a questionnaire conducted in December, 2001. This is no longer the site of INQAAHE, document not accessible online 4 February 2011 but can be seen here.

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