We are continually reviewing the way we benchmark data to improve uses of our benchmarking approach and to increase public confidence in the data and evidence we use to take decisions.
This includes examining our existing methodology and exploring alternative methodologies.
Our existing methodology
The review of the existing methodology includes assessing its sensitivity and calibration to certain assumptions, and examining options for extending it to include assessment of:
- multiple indicators or metrics in a single methodology
- non-binary or continuous outcomes
- smaller groups within a larger organisation.
We are taking advice from academics and undertaking our own analysis as part of the review of our existing methodology.
We commissioned Alma Economics to look at alternative benchmarking methodologies that make effective use of largescale datasets and that could be used in a higher education context.
Their report presents an assessment of a broad range of benchmarking methodologies and describes examples of their applications.
If you have any questions about our review of benchmarking, please contact Mark Gittoes, Head of Profession for Statistics, at [email protected].