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Start and Run a 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.

To run a PDSA, select the change idea on which you would like to run a PDSA, then select the orange box that says Start PDSA. The system will guide you through the various elements for testing and running your PDSA:

  • Plan: learning questions, predictions, data requirements, completion date, logistics, uploading artifacts, sharing PDSAs
  • Do: time-stamped data, observations, uploading artifacts
  • Study: comparing predictions to observed results
  • Act: adopt, adapt, abandon
    • Note: Adapting a change idea will cause the system to open a new PDSA cycle for the change idea you have elected to adapt.

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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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