It is a four step process that takes you through developing a plan to test the change (Plan), carrying out the change (Do), observing and learning from the consequences (Study), and determining what refinements should be made to the change to deliver the desired affect (Act).
LifeQI enables you to run the full cycle on a single page under the 'PDSAs' menu option of your project.
Define what and when the change is going to be made, and what you will measure:
If necessary, list out the tasks that need to be carried out both before and during the test:
Finally, make a prediction of what you expect to happen when you run the cycle.
Carry out the change in a controlled, localised setting and gather data to allow evaluation of the results.
In Life QI you can quickly and effectively evaluate your data by plotting it into either a Run Chart or an SPC (Statistical Process Control) chart under the 'Measures & Charts' menu option. Read more about understanding charts.
The idea may be altered slightly and turned into another PDSA cycle or scrapped altogether. You may consider implementing the change permanently and rolling it out elsewhere if it proves to be stable. Find out how to create a PDSA cycle on Life QI.