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.
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.