Phase 5 Orientation:
Self-Assess to Stay on Target
You’re ready for Phase 5 when you have:
created a driver diagram
completed a minimum of two PDSA tests and reflected on them using the Post-Test Reflection
completed the Choosing Measures for Improvement Activity from Phase 4
identified a change idea that has led to success with students at the initial small scale
This is the last phase on the website. Where do I go from here?
Embrace the process.
Improvement science is practice driven: there is no theory that can substitute for experience. Continue to learn, test, and grow your understanding of the problem. If you get stuck, consider using the “What Next?” tool from this chapter to decide on next steps.
Deepen your understanding.
Improvement science has a huge body of literature. Inspire your practice by continuing to explore the nuances and strategies for implementing improvements.
- The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
- Learning to Improve by Anthony S. Bryk, Louis M. Gomez, Alicia Grunow, and Paul G. LeMahieu
- University of Michigan MOOC
Some of the origins of improvement science lie outside of the field of education, and some resources are easily translatable and useful:
- The Improvement Guide by Gerald J. Langley, Ronald D. Moen, Kevin M. Nolan, Thomas W. Nolan, Clifford L. Norman, and Lloyd P. Provost
- Institute for Healthcare Improvement