DSU Report
Review of software for decision modelling (July 2008)

This report provides a review of the use of software packages for decision modelling as part of the NICE Technology Appraisal process. Current NICE guidance requires models to be submitted using “standard software (for example Excel (without Visual Basic Programming) or DATA This requirement is reiterated in the Single Technology Appraisal (STA) Specification for manufacturer/sponsor submission of evidence update.

The aim of this review is to provide advice for updating that guidance. The objectives are to assess the frequency with which particular packages are used (both in NICE submissions and other assessments), identify the capacity for assessment groups and submitting organisations to build and/ or review in different packages, and to consider the key strengths and weaknesses of the various software packages available.