The work completed through Evaluating Quality Improvement Training Programs is another step in advancing the science of quality improvement research, evaluation, and training.
Dates of Program: May 2008 through June 2013
Field of Work: Advancing the science of quality improvement research, evaluation, and training
Quality improvement training is “an applied field that needs the tools that the projects in this program developed. If you’re going to evaluate these kinds of programs you’re going to need innovative tools.” — Lori Melichar, director
Problem Synopsis: While health care and public health workers have many opportunities to acquire quality improvement training, limited evidence exists about whether and how these training programs increase the ability of these individuals to successfully engage in work to improve health and health care. Information about the impact of such programs on organizational culture and patient outcomes also is scarce.
Synopsis of the Work: RWJF awarded grants for five research projects that evaluated different quality improvement training programs for health care leaders and staff.
“We have built a community of people [ASQUIRE] who are struggling with these challenges and when they have future challenges they will probably go to people in this community to help work them out,” said RWJF’s Melichar.
The five projects evaluated different QI training programs using a variety of evaluation methods. Themes that emerged from the findings include:
- Curricula and program factors such as modality (in-person session, online tutorial, etc.) and dosage (single session, multi-session, multi-part, etc.) directly shape learning from training programs.
- Equally important are opportunities to apply new skills and organizational factors that affect adoption of the learning from training.
- Staff engagement with quality improvement is influenced by having an organizational culture oriented to quality improvement, leadership support, and clear sponsorship of quality improvement projects.
- Evaluator experiences underscore the importance of mixed-method (quantitative and qualitative) approaches to understanding the impact of training and issues related to the sustainability of that impact.
- Designing Effective Healthcare Quality Improvement Training Programs
- Quality Improvement Training
- Effectiveness of Public Health Quality Improvement Training Approaches
- Measuring Success for Health Care Quality Improvement Interventions
- The State of Quality Improvement Science in Health
- A Multi-State Assessment of Employer-Sponsored Quality Improvement Education for Early-Career Registered Nurses
- Two-Pronged Quality Improvement Training Program for Leaders and Frontline Staff
- Reform in Action: Improving Quality in Medical Offices
- Quality Improvement in Local Health Departments
- Driving Quality Improvement in Local Public Health Practice
While the need to address disparities in care is well known, few strategies for reducing disparities have been studied systematically.
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