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Basic PDSA Cycle

An introduction to the basic PDSA cycle
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Darrell Damron

on 17 December 2013

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Transcript of Basic PDSA Cycle

Plan
Do
Study
Act
1. Identify your purpose, goal, or objective.
2. Formulate your theory or hypothesis to predict what you expect to happen.
3. Determine how you will measure success.
4. Identify who will do what by when.
1. Put your plan into action.
2. Document your observations about what actually happened.
3. Begin to collect data.
1. Monitor the outcomes of your actions.
2. Complete your data collection.
3. Compare what you predicted would happen to what actually happened.
4. Summarize what you learned.

1. Take action based on what you learned.
2. Start another Plan.
The PDSA Cycle - A Model for Improvement
Plan
Do
Study
Act
1. Identify your purpose, goal, or objective.
2. Formulate your theory or hypothesis to predict what you expect to happen.
3. Determine how you will measure success.
4. Identify who will do what by when.
1. Put your plan into action.
2. Document your observations about what actually happened.
3. Begin to collect data.
1. Monitor the outcomes of your actions.
2. Complete your data collection.
3. Compare what you predicted would happen to what actually happened.
4. Summarize what you learned.

1. Take action based on what you learned.
2. Start another Plan.
Plan
Do
Study
Act
1. Identify your purpose, goal, or objective.
2. Formulate your theory or hypothesis to predict what you expect to happen.
3. Determine how you will measure success.
4. Identify who will do what by when.
1. Put your plan into action.
2. Document your observations about what actually happened.
3. Begin to collect data.
1. Monitor the outcomes of your actions.
2. Complete your data collection.
3. Compare what you predicted would happen to what actually happened.
4. Summarize what you learned.

1. Take action based on what you learned.
2. Start another Plan.
Plan
Do
Study
Act
1. Identify your purpose, goal, or objective.
2. Formulate your theory or hypothesis to predict what you expect to happen.
3. Determine how you will measure success.
4. Identify who will do what by when.
1. Put your plan into action.
2. Document your observations about what actually happened.
3. Begin to collect data.
1. Monitor the outcomes of your actions.
2. Complete your data collection.
3. Compare what you predicted would happen to what actually happened.
4. Summarize what you learned.

1. Take action based on what you learned.
2. Start another Plan.
OK, you get the idea, the PDSA cycle can go on forever as you pursue continuous improvement.
http://www.apiweb.org/circling-back.pdf
Click on these links for information on the evolution of this cycle.
http://pkpinc.com/files/NA01MoenNormanFullpaper.pdf
This model
Can be used by anyone, at any level, in any type of organization.
Is a framework that encourages planning based on a theory and questions that help you learn as well as guide you in identifying what data, methods, and tools will help you answer your questions.
Encourages an iterative learning process, including both deductive and inductive learning.
Allows project plans to adapt as learning occurs.
Is a simple way for state government employees to take action that delivers value to Washingtonians.
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