Evaluation tool – Thematic coding

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

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