Guidance – How to Create an Affinity Diagram

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NHS Improvement System was an online resource to support quality improvement in the NHS. It contained project management, measurement and knowledge exchange tools and resources. Developed to support an improvement initiative from project initiation through to delivery and subsequent sharing of knowledge outcomes, resources and case studies with the wider NHS.


This ‘how to’ guide describes how the create affinity diagrams. An affinity diagram is a graphic tool designed to help organize loose, unstructured ideas generated in brainstorming or problem solving meetings and gathers large amounts of language data (ideas, opinions, issues) and organizes them into groupings based on their natural relationships.