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, click the change idea on which you would like to run a PDSA, then click 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.
* Depending on your NIC’s NILS instance and phase, some items may appear differently in the menu bar.