• Improvement Science Education

    In the Anderson Center, we are developing a system of improvement science education that supports the transformation of the organization and catalyzes the cultural shift necessary to be a leader in improving child health.  Our approach is to provide educational offerings across multiple levels of content and skill, providing faculty and staff the ability to incorporate improvement into their strategic priorities and daily work, allowing them to fulfill their roles.  

    Improvement science is incorporated into our performance management system, which requires a competency around continuous improvement. Staff members are required to build improvement capability in themselves and others by improving processes and services with an emphasis on measurable results, including use of prediction and testing changes, as a vehicle for learning and improvement.

    Below you will find a description of our improvement science offerings. All leaders in the healthcare industry are eligible to apply for the Intermediate Improvement Science Series and Advanced Improvement Methods. Only Cincinnati Children’s faculty and staff may apply for the Basic Online Modules and Rapid Cycle Improvement Collaborative. 

    Basic Online Modules

    Purpose Structure

    To familiarize faculty and staff with concepts of quality improvement and measurement and enable them to be effective QI team members.

    Self-paced online module available through Cincinnati Children's e-learning system

    Rapid Cycle Improvement Collaborative (RCIC) 

    Purpose Structure

    Aimed at small teams who are recommended and sponsored by their leadership.  RCIC is designed to achieve a measurable improvement in a focused, narrow-scoped project in 120 days by a team.  The RCIC develops the team leader’s ability to lead a narrow-scoped improvement project using the Model for Improvement and builds team members’ capability in using the model and basic QI tools.

    For entire team including leaders; approximately six half-day sessions

    Team leaders only; in addition to the six half-day sessions with the team, there is a one-day orientation on leading teams and an additional four half days of training

    Sessions include instruction, application examples and time to work on team project

    > See an example of how we advertise this course within Cincinnati Children’s.

    Intermediate Improvement Science Series (I2S2)

    Purpose Structure

    Cincinnati Children’s employees: Course is intended for leaders including physicians, nurses, allied health and nonclinical leaders, at the director level or above. Your supervisor will nominate you for the course.

    Leaders outside of Cincinnati Children’s: We now welcome leaders from other healthcare systems to apply for the Intermediate Improvement Science Series (I2S2). Learn more about how the program would benefit you and find an application for admission

    The aim of I2S2 is to build a broader and deeper network of improvement leaders, bring about continued cultural transformation and develop skill and experience with all aspects of Deming’s System of Profound Knowledge.  It includes understanding variation, appreciation of the system, theory of knowledge / action-learning and psychology / change management.

    > See a sample course plan.

    > See an I2S2 key driver diagram.

    Six two-day sessions off-site over a six-month period

    Work on a project between sessions with a coach

    Extensive readings


    Issues in healthcare quality including the business case for quality

    Systems thinking, understanding variation, the model for improvement, leading change

    QI tools and methods

    Chronic care improvement

    Patient safety and reliability science

    Advanced Improvement Methods (AIM)

    Purpose Structure

    Advanced Improvement Methods (AIM) is a highly interactive course for faculty who lead improvement projects and already know the basics of QI and clinical epidemiology and/or research methods. 

    Through brief didactic sessions, case studies, simulation exercises and projects, participants will:

    • Enhance knowledge and skills to apply the science of improvement to the design, implementation and study of quality improvement initiatives in clinical settings
    • Apply improvement theory and methods to the leadership of projects involving research, clinical care and operations

    Four two-day sessions (three in Cincinnati, OH, and one in Austin, TX)

    Five 90-minute webinars

    Work on project and readings between sessions

    Lecture, case studies, simulation exercises

    Target Audience How May I Participate?

    Cincinnati Children’s faculty and faculty from other academic medical centers.

    Download application that includes information about 2014-15 dates for workshops and conference calls, application deadline and fees, expectations of participants, selection criteria and our faculty.
    > See a sample course plan.

    For More Information

    Contact AIM_Communications@cchmc.org, or Pam Nelly, project coordinator.

  • Apply Now for I2S2

    We welcome leaders from other healthcare systems outside of Cincinnati Children’s to apply for the Intermediate Improvement Science Series (I2S2). Learn more about how this program would benefit you and find an application for admission.
  • Intermediate Improvement Science Series Projects


    Data show how many of the project reports resulted in quality improvement at Cincinnati Children's. Download .pdf.

    Read examples of final project reports from I2S2 graduates:

    Jeffrey Anderson, MD, MPH – Improved nutritional management of high-risk infants with congenital heart disease

    Susanne Cassidy, RN, MS − Home Care Services / Foster Nurse Assessment Compliance

    Richard Goins, FACHE − Billing for Insertion of Continuous Epidural Catheters

    Rebecca Reder, OTD, OTR/L  − Self-Care Management for Patients with Congenital Muscular Torticollis: % Caregivers Independent with Home Exercise Program

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  • Contact Us

    For more information about improvement science education programs, contact Christopher Jordan.