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. 



ImpactU is a six-month, hands-on course designed to provide community leaders with an in-depth understanding of improvement science and build a broader community of improvement leaders. The course, created by our hospital and facilitated by the Anderson Center's Leadership Academy, leverages custom-tailored curriculum we have used for over 15 years to develop hundreds of improvement leaders.

ImpactU is offered once per year, by invitation only, to key partners in the community who are committed to leading improvements in their system to achieve desired outcomes. Participants lead a team who work on real projects using a hands-on approach to drive quality improvements as they apply and build upon the skills and methods taught. Projects are aligned with an organizational goal as well as a shared community goal described by All Children Thrive (ACT):

  • Excellent and equitable health outcomes – Ensure delivery of equitable care and strengthen health-related wraparound supports to achieve excellent outcomes for children and families
  • Safe and supported families – Activate and integrate family voice in the community, prevent and mitigate adversities to families in our community, and improve access to evidence-based trauma prevention and intervention
  • Path to full potential - Optimize each child’s development and learning across their life trajectory
  • A six-month, hands-on course
  • 1 or 2 full day(s) per month of training and approximately 2-3 hours per week outside of the class to work on selected project
  • Interactive/action-based learning
  • Connections with peers from multi-sector work

Rapid Cycle Improvement Collaborative (RCIC) 


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.

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  • 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 

Intermediate Improvement Science Series (I2S2)


COVID-19 UPDATE: We are closely monitoring CDC and state guidelines related to COVID-19. As of right now, our upcoming courses are still scheduled to take place as planned. Please reach out to if you have any questions. 

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 welcome leaders from other healthcare systems to apply for the Intermediate Improvement Science Series (I2S2). Learn more about how the program would benefit you

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 course brochure.

> See an I2S2 key driver diagram.

  • Seven on- and off-site sessions 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)


COVID-19 UPDATE: We are closely monitoring CDC and state guidelines related to COVID-19. As of right now, our upcoming courses are still scheduled to take place as planned. Please reach out to if you have any questions. 

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
  • Five 90-minute webinars
  • Work on project and readings between sessions
  • Lecture, case studies, simulation exercises
Target Audience

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

How Can I Participate?

Learn more about how the program would benefit you and find an application for admission that includes information about 2020-2021 dates for workshops and conference calls, application deadline and fees, expectations of participants, selection criteria and our faculty.

> See course brochure.