How To Perform A Thematic Analysis

Step 1: Familiarize yourself with the data

Step 2: Generate initial codes

Step 3: Search for categories

Step 4: Review categpries

Step 5: Define and name themes

Step 6: Write your analysis


For an overview of terms and detailed instructions each step of the way, check out the documents below.

How to Make Sense of Qualitative Data - Download File 

Codes, Categories and Themes, Oh My! (Glossary of Terms) - Download File 

Triangulate Your Findings

Use multiple sources of data to validate and understand your findings!  In addition to your own materials, popular sources include Tell Them From Me survey results and community portraits.

You can also skim through the reports below to get a sense of how your findings fit within the larger context.