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Blending Participatory Action Synthesis and Meta-Ethnography: An Innovative Approach to Evaluating Complex Community Health Transformation
This article describes an innovative participatory approach to evaluation of a community transformation initiative, the 100 Million Healthier Lives SCALE (Spreading Community Accelerators through Learning and Evaluation) initiative, that involved up to 18 communities across the US.
Developing Capacity for Learning Community Systems: Experiences from the 100 Million Healthier Lives SCALE Initiative
This paper explores the capabilities that contribute to community transformation and the common pathways followed by communities in the 100 Million Healthier Lives SCALE (Spreading Community Accelerators through Learning and Evaluation) initiative in their transformation journeys towards a “Culture of Health.”
Accelerating Global Improvements in Health Care Quality
Many lower-resourced countries, historically focused on expanding access to essential health services, now place a similar priority on higher quality. In this Viewpoint, the authors describe how universal health coverage, a key Sustainable Development Goal, is meaningful only if the access it ensures is to effective and safe health services.
Building an Equitable System for Postsecondary Education Transition and Success
Based on IHI’s background in health and health care, we recognize certain similarities between the education and health care sectors, both in terms of their strengths and assets and also some systemic challenges both sectors face. The framework presented in this document focuses on both "Whole Person" and "Whole Community" to guide work to achieve student well-being and community well-being, now and in the future.
The NAM and the Quality of Health Care: Inflecting a Field
Two decades after the publication of two seminal Institute of Medicine reports, focal progress in quality improvement is undeniable, but wholesale, systemic improvement has been hard to bring to scale.
Choices for the "New Normal"
The author reflects on the COVID-19 pandemic and six areas where we face decisions about long-term change in the health care system: the speed of learning, standards, working conditions, proximity, preparedness, and equity.
Sustainability Planning Worksheet
Teams may use this worksheet to help plan for the long-term sustainability of an improvement effort.
Ethiopia Health Care Quality Initiative: Design and Initial Lessons Learned
The Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health and IHI co-designed a three-pronged approach to accelerate health system improvement nationally, which included developing a national health care quality strategy, building quality improvement (QI) capability at all health system levels, and introducing scalable QI collaboratives across four regions.
Special Edition Podcast: Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement That Outlasts Your Leaders
December 10, 2019 | Learn about evidence-based approaches that ensure a culture of improvement lasts beyond the tenure of any senior individual.
Using a Multicountry Learning Network to Harvest and Rapidly Spread Implementation Knowledge to Reduce Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV
This article describes the value of creating a quality improvement–driven, multicountry learning network to accelerate the pace of improving care systems in Africa to reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
Applying Quality Improvement Approaches to Reduce Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission and Improve Health and Nutrition Care in Five Countries
This article describes the application of quality improvement (QI) methods, as part of the Partnership for HIV-Free Survival, to support governments and facility staff in five African countries in reducing maternal-to-child transmission of HIV.
A Six-Country Collaborative Quality Improvement Initiative to Improve Nutrition and Decrease Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV
This article is the first report of the effectiveness of using quality improvement in a large-scale multicountry effort in Africa to improve infant survifal by reducing postnatal maternal-to-child transmission of HIV in breast feeding HIV-positive mothers.
The Answer to Culture Change: Everyday Management Tactics
This article describes the High-Performance Management System, a model developed by IHI to drive sustained value improvement using a clear rhythm of performance measurement and communication via huddles and visual management.
The Scottish Improvement Journey: A Nationwide Approach to Improvement
Learn about Scotland’s 10-year effort to apply quality improvement on a national scale to improve patient safety, including an in-depth review of the successful Scottish Patient Safety Programme, and further QI efforts that spread across Scotland into new social policy areas such as children’s services, education, and justice.
10 IHI Innovations to Improve Health and Health Care
This curated publication highlights 10 ideas that have emerged from IHI's systematic 90-day innovation approach, including reflections on the Triple Aim, the concept of a health care Campaign, the Breakthrough Series Collaborative model, and other frameworks and fresh thinking that have been replicated around the world.
WIHI: QI Takes on Veteran and Chronic Homelessness
October 12, 2017 | Using an improvement science approach and campaign-style momentum, one initiative is dramatically increasing monthly rates of housing homeless individuals across the US, including veterans and the chronically homeless.
Does a Quality Improvement Campaign Accelerate Take-up of New Evidence? IHI’s Project JOINTS
IHI’s Project JOINTS initiative engaged a network of state-based organizations and professionals in a six-month QI campaign to promote adherence to three evidence-based practices to reduce surgical site infection (SSI) after joint replacement.
Ensuring Healthcare Improvements Stick
This article describes six management principles, leadership practices, core competencies, and mental models that all play a role in generating and sustaining improvement.
Four Steps to Sustaining Improvement in Health Care
To learn how to build systems that sustain improvement, IHI studied health care organizations that were able to achieve standout results and then build on them. This article highlights four steps, derived from insights from their work, on how to get started with introducing new standard work processes for point-of-care staff.
Triple Aim in Canada: Developing Capacity to Lead to Better Health, Care, and Cost
This article reports on the work of nine Canadian health care organizations to embed the Triple Aim (better care, health, and cost) across Canada. The nine sites participated in IHI’s Triple Aim Improvement Community in order to build a solid Triple Aim infrastructure, develop quality improvement capacity, and foster a culture of health care improvement.
Can a Quality Improvement Project Impact Maternal and Child Health Outcomes at Scale in Northern Ghana?
This paper discusses the impact of a scale-up phase of Project Fives Alive! to improve maternal and child health outcomes, which used quality improvement methods to identify barriers to care and care-seeking, and then identify, test, implement, and scale up simple and low-cost local solutions to address the barriers. The project and this approach demonstrated improved outcomes at scale.
This white paper presents a framework that health care organizations can use to sustain improvements by focusing on the daily work of frontline managers, supported by a system of standard tasks and responsibilities for managers at all levels of the organization.
Lessons in Leadership for Improvement: Kaiser Permanente’s Improvement Journey Over 10 Years
Kaiser Permanente (KP) has achieved impressive improvements in quality of care over the past decade — a testament to their engaged and effective leadership and staff, and also due in part to a unique 10-plus-year collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) that accelerated improvement at KP, greatly informed IHI’s own learning, and helped KP build system-wide capacity for improvement.
Radically Redesigning Patient Safety
Standardize what makes sense. Customize to the individual. Change the balance of power. These are three of the “10 Rules for Radical Redesign in Health Care,” developed by IHI Leadership Alliance members, that are particularly applicable to improving patient safety.This article highlights organizations that are using these rules to make care safer.
A Framework for Scaling Up Health Interventions: Lessons from Large-Scale Improvement Initiatives in Africa
Scale-up of complex health interventions to large populations is not a straightforward task. This article details a sequence of four steps for taking a health intervention to full scale, properties that facilitate adoption of the new ideas, and the infrastructure required to support the scale-up.