QI 104 Lesson 1: The Four Phases of a Quality Improvement Project
Improvement projects typically go through four phases: innovation, pilot, implementation, and spread. In this lesson, we’ll walk you through the four phases. For each phase, we’ll present you with a short checklist and provide a brief overview of the steps involved in that phase.
Estimated Time of Completion: 25 minutes
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Learning Objectives
After completing this lesson, you will be able to:
1. Describe the four phases of an improvement project.
2. Explain how visual tools can help at different phases of improvement.
3. List several tasks associated with each of the four phases of an improvement project.
Contributors
Author(s):
Sue Butts, Improvement Advisor, Butts-Dion Consulting, Inc. View Profile
Editor(s):
Laura Fink, Managing Editor, Institute for Healthcare Improvement View Profile
Jane Roessner, PhD, Writer, Institute for Healthcare Improvement View Profile
Reviewer(s):
Lloyd Provost, MS, Statistician, Associates in Process Improvement View Profile
Marie Schall, MA, Senior Director, Institute for Healthcare Improvement View Profile
Richard Scoville, PhD, Improvement Advisor/Consultant, Institute for Healthcare Improvement View Profile
Mary Viney, RN DNP CPHQ, Vice President Perfromance Improvement & Experience, Seton Healthcare Family View Profile
Requirements
You must be a registered IHI.org user to take this lesson.
You must achieve a minimum score of 75% to successfully complete this lesson.