The data are available as (i) raw data as CSV files and (ii) summary data in Excel. To reduce file sizes, the CSV files have been zipped.
A guidance document on how to import the CSV files into Microsoft Access is also provided. We have also created standard data analysis queries to allow users to manipulate and understand the data more easily. These queries, and instructions on how to use them, are also included in the guidance document.
As last year, this method of publication replaces the data dvd publication used in previous years.
As part of our ongoing review process we are very keen to know the breadth of users who are utilising the organisation level reference costs data. We would therefore be very grateful if users would email the PbR data collection team at PbRdatacollection@dh.gsi.gov.uk with “Reference Costs 2009-10 Organisation Level Data” in the subject line.
This feedback will be instrumental in shaping our ongoing communications with users of the data, as well as how we publish the data going forward.