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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Thematic evaluation

core definition

A thematic evaluation is a review of a particular aspect of quality or standards focusing on an experience, practice or resource that cuts across programmes or institutions.

explanatory context


analytical review

Kristoffersen (2003) indicates that

Thematic evaluations can in principle be conducted within all programme areas and educational sectors. The aim of this type of evaluation is to assess the quality and practise related to a specific theme that cuts across programmes, institutions and sectors, e.g. the transition between different educational levels. 


In the UK, for example, internal institutional audits might explore the extent to which codes of practice relating to external examiners are being adhered to. This would be a thematic evaluation, in this case of compliance to a specific aspect across all programmes.

associated issues


related areas

See also

internal institutional audit



Kristoffersen, D., 2003, ‘Denmark' in Educational Evaluation  around the WorldAn International Anthology (Copenhagen, The Danish  Evaluation Institute) ISBN 87-7958-132–3

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