PDSA (Plan, Do, Study, Act)
Change on a large scale can be daunting but that should not deter you! Before implementing a full proposal for change, a Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) cycle can be used to test out an idea on a small scale.
New ideas should be introduced only after sufficient testing on a smaller scale has proven to have a positive effect. PDSA cycles allow ideas to be introduced in a safe, controlled way which will have less resistance, be less disruptive and use fewer resources. By building on the learning from each PDSA cycle, new processes can be introduced with a greater chance of success.
- Define the objectives
- What, Why, Who, How & When
- How long will the PDSA continue?
- How will you know if the PSDA is a success?
- What data collection methods are you using?
- Carry out the trial
- Encourage continual feedback within your team
- Collect data and information
- Examine your findings & reflect on what was learned
- What did it feel like - was a difference noticed?
- Did you achieve your objectives?
- What went well & what could be improved?
- Use the information gained to modify & retest
- Do you require more data
- Does the trial need to be over a longer period?
- Implement the new process