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During each Enhancement Theme, Scottish institutions take part in a wide range of activities. Each institution works on activities that are based on their individual priorities and ambitions. We publish a range of reports that highlight the variety and richness of this work. 


We evaluate the work of the Theme and report on the effectiveness. This is important as it helps us understand how we are making a difference to the student experience and helps identify learning that we can carry forward into future Theme activity.

Institutional activity

Theme Evaluation

Our Theme evaluation approach is based on a logic chain model. The model is being applied to all levels of activity: institutional; collaborative cluster; and sector strand projects. Projects being evaluated are using an in-depth or light-touch method.

Webinar - Evidence for Enhancement: Impact evaluation

Our evaluation webinar, delivered by our consultant, Professor Liz Thomas, provides insight into the evaluation work. The webinar:

  • provides an overview of the evaluation approach
  • reviews what has been achieved so far, including sharing some of the learning and impact
  • gives further guidance about what is required in the final year of this work.

Other resources that may be helpful in your evaluation activity

Light touch evaluation template

Publication Date: 22 Oct 2019

In depth evaluation template (planning)

Publication Date: 22 Oct 2019

Evaluation plans workshop presentation (February 2019)

Publication Date: 17 Oct 2019

Evaluation plans workshop activity (February 2019)

Publication Date: 17 Oct 2019

Impact Evaluation Workshop (December 2018)

Publication Date: 22 Oct 2019


Capturing institutional feedback on how institutions use our resources

To help us identify the impact of the sector strand work we would value your feedback on using sector resources. If you have learning to share about using any of our sector strand resources, we would love to hear from you. Please complete our feedback form and email it to ARCadmin@qaa.ac.uk.


Road-testing resources feedback form

Publication Date: 22 Oct 2019

Progress update

Evidence for Enhancement: Current progress

Publication Date: 11 Dec 2018

Visual minutes from the Themes Leaders’ Group meeting, December 2018

Publication Date: 22 Jan 2019

Sector overview reports

The sector overview reports include a summary of the end of year institutional reports and institutional plans. It also highlights areas of mutual interest among institutions, potential areas for collaboration and details of how institutions are supporting staff and student engagement in the Theme.


Year two

Evidence for Enhancement: Overview institutional reports (year two)

Publication Date: 16 Aug 2019

Evidence for Enhancement: Overview of Institutional Plans (year two)

Publication Date: 12 Nov 2018


Year one

Evidence for Enhancement: Reflections on year one

Publication Date: 21 Nov 2018

Evidence for Enhancement: Overview of institutional reports (year one)

Publication Date: 05 Nov 2018

Evidence for Enhancement: Overview of institutional plans (year one)

Publication Date: 05 Nov 2018

End of year reports

Every year institutions submit an end of year report that identifies the progress that institutions have made towards activities outlined in their plan.


Evidence for Enhancement: Institutional end of year reports (year two)

Publication Date: 16 Aug 2019

Evidence for Enhancement: Institutional end of year reports (year one)

Publication Date: 15 Aug 2018

Institutional plans

Every year institutions submit a plan outlining their cumulative activities that build and develop year on year over the duration of the Theme.


Evidence for Enhancement: Institutional plans (year one and two)

Publication Date: 23 Oct 2018