In this session, participants will be introduced to the basics of Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycles and how they feature within improvement efforts. PDSA cycles are a key engine for learning about changes, but they are not the only form of disciplined inquiry that supports developing and iterating working theories of improvement. Participants will learn about the basics of PDSA cycles, including what they are, when they are useful, and how to successfully engage in cycles. This session will provide participants with sample templates and tools for engaging in P-D-S-A and an activity to identify learning opportunities within their work where PDSAs could be useful.
Kelly McMahon, Senior Associate, Evidence & Analytics; Director, GRAD Partnership, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Simone Palmer, Senior Associate, Networked Improvement Science, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Mai Anh Bui, Data Analyst, Evidence & Analytics, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching