This technical brief provides guidance on how to run tests for statistically significant differences using SHADAC State Health Compare. The brief first explains how to conduct a quick visual scan for statistically significant differences using the margins of error output in State Health Compare's state rank charts and then goes on to provide step-by-step instructions for using margins of error to conduct a more robust test of statistical significance through hypothesis testing. Originally published December 2016. Updated May 2017.
The State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) is a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a part of the Health Policy and Management Division of the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.