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As we approach 20 years of the Scottish Quality Enhancement Framework, we are using this milestone to undertake a deep and wide-ranging evaluation of one of its five key elements - the Enhancement Themes.

This significant and ambitious sector-wide activity will help us explore how, and to what extent, the Themes have impacted on the Scottish student experience, and in what ways this work has influenced enhancement approaches globally.

With a deeper understanding of what works well and a focus on developing evaluation capability, we have a great opportunity to make a step change in Scotland’s enhancement approach and support the Scottish sector in addressing future challenges.

Leading the evaluation are Professor Stella Jones-Devitt (Staffordshire University) and Dr Liz Austen (Sheffield Hallam University). Stella and Liz will be working closely with sector colleagues and QAA Scotland on both the evaluation of 20 years of the Enhancement Themes and our 2020-23 Theme, Resilient Learning Communities.

Our vision

Our work in year 1


We have published a short film from our evaluation consultants providing a summary of work to date and next steps.

Evaluation resources

Sensational surveys - workshop


In March 2022, our evaluation consultants, Professor Stella Jones-Devitt and Dr Liz Austen, held an interactive online workshop designed to help build confidence in using a survey as an effective evaluation tool. It focused on using effective decision making concerning when to use a survey for evaluation purposes, designing an efficient and engaging survey to maximise response rates, and ensuring that ethical considerations are addressed robustly. You can watch a recording of the event and view the resources.



Using Creative Methods in Evaluation - workshop


In November 2021, Professor Stella Jones-Devitt and Dr Liz Austen, ran a highly interactive workshop for colleagues focused on ways of applying creative methods to evaluative processes. You can watch the recording in full and download the slides.


General resources

A Guide to Basic Evaluation in Higher Education

Publication date: 13 May 2021

Watch our digital glossary videos

You may find these three short video clips helpful in explaining some common terminology.




The Staff and Student Guides to Using Evidence in Higher Education are also good sources on evaluation methods.