QI 103 Lesson 1: How to Plan for Data Collection
When you’re trying to make a change — whether you’re trying to be more punctual or cut down on infections in the intensive care unit (ICU) — you’ll need to gather data to know if you’re improving. But in the complex, messy world of real life, how do you decide what’s important to measure? And then how do you make those measurements? This lesson will explain the process of deciding what measures to use and how to collect data.
Estimated Time of Completion: 30 minutes
Learning Objectives
After completing this lesson, you will be able to:
1. Identify the elements of a complete data collection plan.
2. Describe the concept and use of families of measures.
3. Discuss the use of sampling for collecting data for quality improvement.
Robert Lloyd, PhD, Vice President, Institute for Healthcare Improvement View Profile
Sandy Murray, MA, Improvement Advisor, CT Concepts View Profile
Lloyd Provost, MS, Statistician, Associates in Process Improvement View Profile
Laura Fink, Senior Managing Editor, Institute for Healthcare Improvement View Profile
Jane Roessner, PhD, Writer, Institute for Healthcare Improvement View Profile
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.