Small Area Analysis: An Introduction
Small Area Analysis (SAA) is a research technique used to analyze variations in health service utilization and resource allocation among neighboring communities. SAA focuses on specific areas or populations to identify significant differences and needs among well-defined small areas within a larger geographic boundary. The small geographic areas in SAA typically refer to counties and subcounty areas like cities, census tracts, postal code areas, and individual blocks. Researchers use SAA conclusions to describe relationships between observed variations, identify community needs, and influence concentrated community efforts to high need areas.
A Discussion on Small Area Analysis
Jennifer Rankin, Senior Manager for Research and Product Services at HealthLandscape
Robert Martiniano, Senior Program Manager at Center for Health Workforce Studies, University of Albany
Why Would You Conduct a Small Area Analysis?
What Are the Components of Small Area Analysis and How Is a Small Area Analysis Conducted?
What Are the Potential Barriers to Conducting a Small Area Analysis?
How Is Data Retrieved and Used in Small Area Analysis?
How Are Conclusions Reached?