The Good Indicators Guide: Understanding how to use and Choose Indicators

NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement (2017). The good indicators guide: Understanding how to use and choose indicators. Retrieved from Organization website:


This resource provides a practical approach to locating, developing, understanding and using indicators.

Steps for Using Method/Tool

The resource guides users through nine sections:

  1. Background information on indicators
  2. Components of an indicator
  3. Understanding variation
  4. Presenting and communicating results
  5. Frequently asked questions
  6. Criteria for good indicators and indicator sets
  7. Common myths about indicators
  8. Glossary of key terms
  9. Recommended readings

These summaries are written by the NCCMT to condense and to provide an overview of the resources listed in the Registry of Methods and Tools and to give suggestions for their use in a public health context. For more information on individual methods and tools included in the review, please consult the authors/developers of the original resources.

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