Star methodology

The methodology at the heart of Star is an example of multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA). MCDA is a procedure for people faced with a set of options to systematically rank their preferences us...

About the Star Approach

Key to the Star approach is the involvement of all stakeholders in a workshop process of structured decision analysis, so informed decisions about resources can be made. For this to be successful, ...

Star data collection

While high quality data is helpful to get the best out of using Star, the beauty of the approach is that it enables the stakeholders to fill the data gaps by using their combined experience and per...

Star online demonstration

As described in the role of the Excel-based Star tool in the Star approach, the Star tool is only one part of the Star approach. It will lose its powerful potential if it is used without a Star dec...

The Star tool

The Star tool is an Excel based tool built in Excel 2007. Due to its limited use of macros, it is compatible with other versions of Excel including Excel 2003. Downloading the tool Please be ...

Filling in the data: the Context tab

The context tab is the first part of the Star tool and allows you to provide the context in which the tool is being used. For example the data you have, the areas of care you are looking at, the st...

Approach to weighting: the Priority Area tab

The Priority Area tab is where you add the data relating to the specific priority area(s) you have selected. This may be a condition such as diabetes or other health area such as obesity. Downlo...

Interpreting graphical outputs: the Outputs tab

The Output tab is where you generate the graphs from the data you added to each priority area. Download the guidance for the Output tab. The Output tab online demonstration Watch the onlin...

Getting the best from Star

The Star approach has great potential to help make better healthcare resource allocation decisions. To get the most out of Star, planning is necessary before using the approach including: ...

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