Run a Guided PDSA - Act (Adopt, Adapt, Abandon)

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 Act on a guided PDSA, select an In Progress guided PDSA displayed on the Homepage.


On the incomplete PDSA’s summary page, select Edit to continue your test.


Based on the results of Study from your PSDA test, determine whether you will Adopt your PDSA change idea (“I want to continue with this Change Idea”), Adapt your PDSA change idea (“I will adjust and try again”), or Abandon it (“I will not try this again”).


If you select Adapt, you will be prompted to explain how you will iterate on the change idea. Select Save.


If you select Abandon, you will be prompted to explain your reasoning for abandoning your test around the change idea. Select Save.


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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