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.
The data for the variable diagnosis published on the 17th of October 2019 was calculated inaccurately and has now been amended. The median change in the values for the variable diagnosis is 0.007%, however the change is greater for few providers.
Using the default weighting and after updating the data for the variable diagnosis, 99% of the top ten peers remain unchanged, 86% of the peers have exactly the same ranking as they did before the change.