Run a Guided PDSA - Study

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 Study 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.


On the Study page, summarize your learning from the test.

  • Tip: Describe “what happened” when you ran your test. Were your predictions correct or not? Briefly describe any other observations about what you learned as you ran this test.


If you are ready to proceed, select the Next: Act 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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