Simple Data Collection Planning

Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA


Simple data collection planning is a process to ensure that the data you collect for performance improvement are useful and reliable, without being unnecessarily costly and time-consuming to obtain.

Simple data collection planning has a variety of benefits:
  • It helps to ensure that the data gathered contain real information, useful to the improvement effort.
  • It prevents errors that commonly occur in the data collection process.
  • It saves time and money that otherwise might be spent on repeated or failed attempts to collect useful data.




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