Phase 3 Orientation:
Self-Assess to Stay on Target
As you begin Measuring Your Progress in Phase 4, we recommend you complete the steps below to ensure you get meaningful results.
Are you ready to move on?
You’re ready if you have:
created a problem statement defining the problem that your improvement team will solve
defined an aim statement for your improvement and completed a driver diagram that has allowed you to come up with a theory of improvement for achieving it
identified clear and measurable change ideas that you hypothesize will help you reach your aim
completed 2–3 PDSA tests (aka your first PDSA burst), which is ideal for learning how the PDSA testing process can be supported by strong measures, although some improvement projects may require measures before starting
reflected on your PDSA burst, drawing conclusions and recording learning and its implications for future work
This stage is also where the process becomes less linear. If you think your project could benefit from taking time to think about the types of evidence and data to collect before running tests, please preview the activities below first.
As you begin testing, you may need to pause to reflect on your progress and revisit the work from another phase.
In practice, implementing changes should lead to new insights and ideas that might in turn lead to:
- Further investigation of some aspect of the problem, using the tools in Phase 1: Analyzing a Problem.
- Further refining your theory by updating your driver diagram, returning you to Phase 2: Creating a Theory of Improvement.
- Further improving the ways you measure your progress, leading you to Phase 4: Measuring Your Progress.
- Further testing in new contexts and slowly scaling up, leading you to Phase 5: Scaling and Sharing.