The first two steps of the Model for Improvement helped you identify what you want to improve and analyze the information you need to understand to make
the improvement. The third step, “develop,” uses the information from the previous steps to ask what changes will yield an improvement.
All improvement requires making changes, but not all changes result in improvement. You must therefore identify the changes that are most likely to result in
Research evidence-based practice surrounding your selected issue.
In Week 1, you identified regulatory agencies that might be driving the need to improve your issue. What changes do those agencies recommend?
Keep in mind as you develop your hypothesis that you cannot directly control the outcomes; you can only control the inputs and change them in a way that
will produce the outcomes we want.
Formulate a hypothesis about which changes, interventions, or solutions would reduce the problem and thus improve the quality of care.
Based on your hypothesis, develop a strategy for implementing your solution. You will need to identify the specific changes that will be made, the steps that
will be taken to implement the changes, when the changes will be made, who will make them, who will be impacted by them, and the results you anticipate
will result from the change.
Establish a timeline for completing your implementation by completing a Gantt chart with all the project activities that would need to be done. Instructions
for using Gantt charts are available in this week’s Learning Activities.
Develop a communication plan for informing the stakeholders of the plan and its progress. Stakeholders include anyone with a vested interest in your project,
as well as those who can influence the project’s budget and future. Every kind of stakeholder needs management and communication, ranging from an
occasional “light touch” to detailed, frequent updates and check-ins. You have identified your stakeholders and analyzed their level of interest and
involvement in Week 1. The next step is to make a strategic plan to manage and communicate with them.
When creating your communication plan and deciding on how you communicate with each stakeholder and how often, consider the following questions:
Who are the stakeholders who have the most influence on your project?
Which stakeholders will be most affected by your project?
How should you handle important people who won’t be considered stakeholders?
Who controls the resources?
What are the top motivations and interests of your stakeholders?
Develop a 12- to 15-slide Microsoft PowerPoint presentation with detailed speaker notes covering the following:
Hypothesis and the rationale for the hypothesis
Detailed implementation plan
Timeline (Gantt chart)