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

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In the freeform PDSA text box, enter your Plan, Do, and Study information.

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Attach relevant artifacts with the orange Attach new files button.

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If your freeform PDSA is complete, select an action: Adopt, Adapt, Abandon, or Not Applicable.

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Selecting Adapt prompts you to explain how you will iterate on the change idea.

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Selecting Abandon prompts you to explain why you will abandon testing the change idea.

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Select Complete and Publish.

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If you will return to your freeform PDSA to add additional information, or if you have paused at the Plan, Do, or Study sections, select Save as in-progress. Your freeform PDSA will be visible on the Homepage, where you can select it to continue your work.

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Do not upload any Personally Identifiable Information (PII).

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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