Improvement Methodologies


3. Getting Started: Improvement Methodologies

What is it and how can it help me?

Using an evidence-based improvement methodology ensures that the change will be delivered in a planned, proven way that follows established methods.  The improvement methodology is the game plan.  There is a range of proven methodologies available to support different kinds of change, with a particular emphasis on large scale change across systems, not just process improvement. The main models is use are IHI Model for Improvement, Lean, Six Sigma, NHS Change Model

Where can I find out more information?

Lean is a philosophy and set of tools and techniques which focus on identifying value and eliminating wasteful and  harmful activities in order to  provide the best  product  to the customer. Learn more about Lean >

Six Sigma is also a set of tools and techniques for eliminating waste by carefully controlling variables that make a process unstable and unpredictable. Learn more about Six Sigma > 

The IHI Model for Improvement asks 3 questions; ‘What are you trying to achieve?’ ‘How will you know a change is an improvement’, and ‘What changes can we make?’ The ideas are then tested out using PDSA cycles. Learn more about the IHI Model for Improvement >

NHS Change Model was developed for the UK and combines many of the techniques – Lean and Model for improvement though with more focus on change management and organizational change. Learn more about NHS Change Model >

A3 Thinking is a systematic process of problem solving that ensures that the problem is identified, the current state is explored and understand and results and next steps are recorded and monitored. Learn more about A3 Thinking >