Making data count

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This practical, interactive guide is suitable for those working at all levels in the NHS, from ward to board, and will show you how to make better use of your data.

We encourage analysts and decision-makers to work together to ensure the most relevant data is presented in the most effective way. 

Our collection of resources will empower you to build your knowledge to be able to construct and interpret statistical process control (SPC) charts. You can practise doing this by using our guide to working through the scenarios and exercises.

Making data count PDF, 4.6 MB

This guide is designed to support people working in the NHS to make the best use of their data to inform judgements and decisions for action.

How to make it count

Measurement approaches popular in the NHS such as red, amber, green (RAG) tables have many limitations for good decision-making. You will learn that better decisions are made when data plotted over time is considered and the benefits of doing this by creating SPC charts.

How does the presentation of data influence our decision-making?

Our Executive Director Adam Sewell-Jones talks about how different presentations of data can lead to different conversations, conclusions and actions.

If you have any comments or feedback, please email nhsi.improvementanalyticsteam@nhs.net.

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