PDSA (Plan-Do-Study-Act)

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.

NILS enables you to search for PDSAs on change ideas, or to start and run your own PDSA. To find PDSAs, select Find PDSAs in the menu bar.


To run a PDSA, select the change idea from the Driver List or Driver Diagram on which you would like to run a PDSA. On the change idea page, select Classic PDSA, Guided PDSA, or Freeform PDSA. Based on your selection, the system will guide you through the various elements for testing your change.



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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