QI 104 Lesson 1: How to Display Data on a Run Chart
In improvement work, displaying data with a run chart is one of the best ways to enhance your understanding of what the numbers are telling you. In this lesson, you will learn the elements of an effective run chart for improvement work: an X and Y axis, 10 or more data points, the baseline median, and annotations of tests of change. You'll have a chance to practice creating your own run chart for a hospital that’s trying to reduce wait times.
Estimated Time of Completion: 30 minutes
Learning Objectives
After completing this lesson, you will be able to:
1. Explain the value of tracking and plotting data over time.
2. List the basic elements of an an effective run chart.
3. Draw a run chart, such as by using IHI's run chart template.
Kevin Little, Ph.D, Principal, Informing Ecological Design, LLC View Profile
Laura Fink, Senior Managing Editor, Institute for Healthcare Improvement View Profile
Matthew Eggebrecht, Senior Consultant, University of Minnesota View Profile
James Moses, MD, MPH, Medical Director of Quality Improvement, Associate CQO, Boston Medical Center 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.