Run Chart

What is it?

A run chart is a way of displaying data over time. 


Why use it?

A run chart is a great way to demonstrate change over a period of time. It helps to demonstrate the full story of change where other data demonstrations can oversimplify what has happened. It is a good way to demonstrate variation in data.

How to use it?

Run charts can be created through excel by having data plotted against time in a line graph.

The Lothian Analytics team have created a template that is available here.
There is also a tutorial for how to use it.

More information

Quality Improvement Zone NES - click for a different way of explaining what a run chart is and how this tool can be used.

IHI - click for more information explaining what a run chart is and how this tool can be used.

NHS Improvement - click for more information about process maps.

Want to know more about run charts? Want some help making your own?

Contact the team