Multidimensional performance assessment using dominance criteria

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Public sector organisations pursue multiple objectives and serve a number of stakeholders. But stakeholders are rarely explicit about the valuations they attach to different objectives, nor are these valuations likely to be identical. This complicates the assessment of their performance because no single set of
weights can be legitimately chosen by regulators to aggregate outputs into unidimensional composite scores. We propose the use of dominance criteria in a multidimensional performance assessment framework to identify best practice and poor performance under relatively weak assumptions about stakeholders’
preferences. We estimate multivariate multilevel models to study providers of hip replacement surgery in the English NHS with respect to their performance in terms of length of stay, readmission rates, post-operative patient-reported health status and waiting time. We find substantial correlation between objectives and demonstrate that ignoring the correlation can lead to incorrect assessments of performance.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationYork, UK
PublisherCentre for Health Economics, University of York
Number of pages34
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2015

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NameCHE Research Paper
PublisherCentre for Health Economics, University of York


  • : Performance assessment, provider classification, multidimensional, multilevel modelling

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