How to use the tool
To view a Trust's closest peers using the Peer Finder Tool:
The advanced version of the tool is based upon the same methodology as the basic version with a larger set of variables, and with the functionality to add weighting to these variables.
- Select the Trust you wish to find peers for in the drop-down box at the top.
The ten listed Trusts below are ranked in order of distance, with the closest match at the top. The data used to calculate the distances is shown next to the Trust and can also be downloaded from Appendix A.
The Trust and their peers will also be shown on the map on the right side.
- To modify the weight (level of importance) each variable has on the calculation of the distances, click on the blue ribbon on the left and set a value between 0 and 1. A value of 0 will remove the variable from the calculation. Changing a value in the weightings section will update the list of recommended peers automatically. To close the weightings panel, click on the left arrow at the top.
- Optionally, use the organisation type filter to view the closest peers of a specific type of Trust. For example, if you select a Mental Health Trust and wish to see only Mental Health Trust peers use the filter to specify this organisation type.
Methodology and details
The data used, disclosure control methods, methodology and the definition of the variables can be found on the second page (Info) of the Trust Peer Finder Tool.
The data used to calculate the distances between Trusts and a table that shows the top ten peers for each Trust can be accessed here: Appendix A. This file also includes the list of variables, data source and default weightings.
Please note that this page has been updated on July 2019 with the following changes:
- The Peer Finder excel file has been replaced by a Power BI report.
- The July 2019 release does not include a change in methodology with respect to the previous one (March 2019).
- The ‘FTE staff’ column in the March 2019 update erroneously displayed ‘Proportion of student staff’ instead of the actual number of FTE staff. The impact of this is very low as it is one of the excluded variables in the default calculation but for users who have applied a different weight to this variable a minor difference in peers may be observed. This has been corrected to display the actual number of FTE staff in the ‘FTE Staff’ variable.
- Peers calculated using the default weights are available for download (include file name). The raw data used for the calculation is also available in this file, if users wish to recalculate the peers with different weights.