Introduction to Networked Improvement Basics


Introduction to Networked Improvement Basics is an 11-week (12-session), mediated online course that will familiarize participants with key concepts, strategies, and tools in improvement science. Learners will work in cohorts to develop their conceptual understanding of the principles and practices of improvement science and build their skills to apply improvement methods to real problems.

“I used to think that finding a solution to a problem constituted 'change.' Now, I think that change is a continuous process.” —Course Participant


  1. An understanding of the principles and practices of improvement science
  2. Fluency and capacity to engage in improvement science practice with a network of colleagues
  3. Skills to apply improvement methods to real problems

Course Details

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Course Structure

  • Six independent learning modules that include video segments introducing core concepts and corresponding course readings to go into greater depth with ideas
  • Six interactive webinars facilitated by Carnegie facilitators. Webinars include small group breakout sessions and are intended for real-time participation
  • Reflective writing exercises
  • Team exercises with collaborative short projects for each module
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Team Structure

This course is designed as a group-based guided learning experience. If you are not part of a team already, you will be assigned to teams of at least two and no more than six.

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Time Required

Every two weeks, individuals should expect to spend approximately three to five hours reviewing the online videos and completing the readings and journal assignments. Participants can also anticipate spending approximately an hour meeting with a small team to complete a team exercise and two hours in a scheduled, interactive webinar meeting. Teams are also encouraged to attend the optional, weekly one-hour office hours offered by Carnegie faculty.

“This course was my introduction into improvement science. It provided me great insight and [user-centered] tools in approaching problem solving.” —Course Participant


Contact us if you have questions about the course.