Analysis technique – Thematic coding
What is this tool?
Thematic coding is a process of categorising open-response (qualitative) data into common themes to assist in identifying patterns within the dataset.
What kind of activities can I evaluate with it?
Thematic Coding isn’t an evaluation technique in itself, but is a useful analysis technique to apply to most sorts of open-response data collected using other techniques (for example, Three words, Graffiti Wall, Peer Interviews, Photograph Diary and Snapshot Interviews).
When should I use it?
This tool will help you analyse your data after an event.
What do I need?
- Qualitative responses (preferably in typed form)
- A mechanism to group them together (e.g. highlighters; cut up strips of paper; appropriate computer software)
Let’s get started…
Go to the Thematic coding analysis technique worksheet