Run a Guided PDSA - Do (Collect Data, View Data, Observations)

A PDSA cycle is the basic method of inquiry in improvement research. It’s a pragmatic scientific method for iterative testing of changes in complex systems. Each cycle (Plan-Do-Study-Act) is a mini-experiment in which observed outcomes are compared to predictions. Discrepancies between predictions and observed outcomes become a source of learning.

To Do a guided PDSA, enter data from within an In Progress guided PDSA displayed on the Homepage.


Under the Do section, select Collect Data to run a test. Select View Data to review previously collected data.


In response to each PSDA Question, enter quantitative data, qualitative data, or both. For quantitative data, select Manual Entry or File Upload. For Manual Entry, enter time-stamped data in the Data field and units in the Data unit for this test field. Observations are optional. For qualitative data, enter mandatory Observations about what happened when you tested the PDSA change idea. You may upload relevant artifacts under your observation if applicable. Save your data.

  • Tip for Collecting Data: Describe what happened during the test, especially if it differed from your plan. Also, describe anything that was unexpected, difficulties you had with the test or data collection, or general observations you have about what happened during the test.


Do not upload any Personally Identifiable Information (PII).

If you are ready to proceed, select the Next: Study button to continue with the PDSA cycle.

Note: Depending on your NIC’s NILS instance, phase, and your network role, some items may appear differently in the menu bar.

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