Defining the Aim


1. Planning Your Improvements: Defining the Aim

What is it and how can it help me?

A clear aim statement is crucial in improvement projects to understand the intention of a quality improvement endeavor; it should be time-specific and measurable; it should also define the specific population of patients that will be affected. Agreeing on the aim is crucial; so is allocating the people and resources necessary to accomplish the aim.

Where can I find out more information?

Science of Improvement: Setting Aims
Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

This article walks you through creating an aim statement. >

Science of Improvement: Tips for Setting Aims
Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

5 tips on how to effectively set aims. >

How to Write a SMART Goal YouTube White board Presentation (2 min)
Project Smart

A quick explanation of how to write a SMART Goal. >