Run a 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 PDSA, act from within an In Progress PDSA displayed on the Homepage, or select Find PSDAs from the menu bar to locate your desired PDSA.



Select the PDSA you would like to Act on. You may filter by driver, change idea, status, group, tester, and date.


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.


If you select Abandon, you will be prompted to explain your reasoning for abandoning your test around the Change Idea.


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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