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Aim Statement Worksheet
An effective aim statement is fundamental for every quality improvement project. Use this worksheet to help you write a clear, specific aim statement and complete the checklist to double-check your work.
QI Project Management
This tool describes strategies to effectively manage quality improvement projects, specific ideas to try within each strategy, and offers a workspace for you to note your next steps to implement the strategy.
QI Project Charter
The QI project charter provides a rationale and roadmap for the team’s improvement work that can be used to clarify thinking about what needs to be done and why. The charter helps keep the focus on a specific opportunity or problem and identifies the members of the improvement team.
Visual Management Board
A visual management board is used as a key communication tool that provides at-a-glance information about current process performance, both quantitative and qualitative data, to help clinical unit staff coordinate and guide their daily work and monitor ongoing improvement projects.
A driver diagram is a visual display of a team’s theory of what “drives,” or contributes to, the achievement of a project aim. This clear picture of a team’s shared view is a useful tool for communicating to a range of stakeholders where a team is testing and working.
Quality Improvement Essentials Toolkit
Download these ten essential quality improvement tools to help you with your improvement projects, continuous improvement, and quality management, whether you use the Model for Improvement, Lean, or Six Sigma.
IHI "Seven Spreadly Sins"
Improvement teams often make some common missteps when it comes to successfully sharing and spreading improvement ideas in their organizations. IHI's "Seven Spreadly Sins" infographic give teams practical tips for overcoming challenges that impede successful spread.
Improvement Project Roadmap
Improvement teams often need a roadmap for applying the science of improvement to the project management tasks associated with their improvement efforts. This step-by-step tool provides a list of essential tasks organized by five key components in all improvement efforts that team leaders, sponsors, and others can use to guide their work.
IHI Improvement Capability Self-Assessment Tool
The IHI Improvement Capability Self-Assessment Tool is designed to assist organizations in assessing their capability in six key areas that support improvement.
How-to Guide: Improved Care for Patients with Congestive Heart Failure — Rural Hospitals Supplement
The goal of this How-to Guide, which has been tailored specifically for rural hospitals, is to significantly improve care and reduce readmissions for patients with congestive heart failure by reliably implementing the recommneded components of care.
Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) Tool
A systematic, proactive method for evaluating a process or product to identify where and how it might fail and to assess the relative impact of different failures, in order to identify the parts of the process that are most in need of change.
Transforming Care at the Bedside How-to Guide: Engaging Front-Line Staff in Innovation and Quality Improvement
This How-to Guide describes three improvement strategies for building improvement capability and engaging front-line staff in innovation on medical and surgical units; specifies practical changes that can be tested; and provides tips, tools, resources, and case studies of hospitals that have implemented many of the changes.
Simple Data Collection Planning
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.
Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) Worksheet
The Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) Worksheet is a useful tool for documenting a test of change; developed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA).
Cause and Effect Diagram
A cause and effect diagram is a graphic tool used to explore and display the possible causes of a certain effect.
A flowchart is a graphic representation of the sequence of steps in a process.
A histogram is a special type of bar chart used to display the variation in continuous data like time, weight, size, or temperature.
A Pareto chart helps identify the few, most important factors that contribute to an effect and, therefore, warrant the most attention.
Run Chart Tool
Run charts are graphs of data over time and are one of the most important tools for assessing the effectiveness of change.
A scatter diagram is a graphic representation of the relationship between two variables. Scatter diagrams help teams identify and understand cause-effect relationships.
A huddle is a short, stand-up meeting — 10 minutes or less — that is typically used once at the start of each workday in a clinical setting and gives teams a way to actively manage quality and safety, including a review of important standard work such as checklists.
Project Planning Form
The Project Planning Form is a useful tool for planning an entire improvement project, including a listing of all of the changes that the team is testing, all of the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycles for each change, the person responsible for each test of change, and the timeframe for each test.