QI 106 Lesson 3: Using a Run Chart Template to Display Data
Measurement tells you if the changes you’re testing are leading to improvement. Displaying data with a run chart can enhance your understanding of what the numbers are telling you, and also help you engage an audience. In this lesson, you will create a run chart for a hospital that’s trying to reduce wait times. You’ll start with raw data and use an Excel template to turn it into a finished, annotated run chart. By the end, you’ll be able to use the Excel template to display the results of your own clinical improvement project.

Note: To make the most of this course, you’ll need Microsoft Word and Excel; versions 2010 or 2013 will work best. This course is not optimized for mobile devices.
Estimated Time of Completion: 30 minutes
Learning Objectives
After completing this lesson, you will be able to:
1. Describe key components of a run chart.
2. Create a run chart using the IHI Excel run chart template.
Kevin Little, Ph.D, Principal, Informing Ecological Design, LLC View Profile
Kathleen Vega, BA, Freelance Writer, Kathleen B. Vega, Inc View Profile
Matthew Eggebrecht, Senior Consultant, University of Minnesota View Profile
Lloyd Provost, MS, Statistician, Associates in Process Improvement View Profile
Richard Scoville, PhD, Improvement Advisor/Consultant, 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.