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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Performance audit

core definition

Performance audit is a check on the competence of someone to undertake a task.

explanatory context

Performance audits can be used to assess student competence, and the technique is used in medical education.

analytical review

Wojtczak (2002) defines performance audit in the context of medical education:

Direct Observations or Performance Audits: A traditional approach for giving a firsthand assessment of skills and performance with immediate feedback to the student. The student is observed performing a complete history and examination which provides the best possible opportunity for the observer to make multiple judgments over a period of time in a variety of clinical situations. Use of observation checklists, training the raters and agreed-upon standards increase reliability and validity of these methods over the use of global rating forms which require additional resources. This approach has an advantage over most new methods.

State Budget Solutions (2011) state that performance audits:

look at all facets of an institution-from student input/outcome data to faculty process data to all aspects of financial data.

associated issues


related areas

See also


external sub-institutional audit

internal sub-institutional audit


State Budget Solutions, 2011, Performance Audit Tools for Higher Education, available at, accessed 6 September 2012, page not available 8 January 2017.

Wojtczak, A., 2002, Glossary of Medical Education Terms,, December, 2000, Revised February 2002, accessed 2 September 2012, page not available 30 December 2016.

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