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IHI created the Breakthrough Series — an improvement method that relies on spread and adaptation of existing knowledge to multiple settings to accomplish a common aim — to accelerate improvement worldwide through the use of Collaboratives. The Breakthrough Series College is a powerful way to help organizations like yours adapt these proven methods to spread outstanding improvements in your organization.

The three-day College Session is designed to prepare participants for Collaborative start-up within four months, and includes intensive one- to four-hour workshops on the following topics:

  • Collaboratives: How and why they work

  • Topic selection

  • Developing key technical content

  • Preparing teams to participate

  • Teaching the Model for Improvement

  • Developing and running Learning Sessions

  • Supporting teams during Action Periods

  • Spreading improvement

  • Science of improvement


The Breakthrough Series College prepares participants for two key roles: Director and Improvement Advisor. You will build on this foundation during the year through conference calls, an email listserv, and access to the College website.  

Please listen to a recording of the Breakthrough Series College informational call.

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Read a story about a team that used the Breakthrough Series College model to make some dramatic improvements.​​