Week 11: Measurement for Change How do quality improvement teams measure a project’s success? What measurement mechanisms can be applied to evaluate the impact of a practice change? To be an effective change agent, and to be able to sustain change, you must be able to measure the progress and outcomes of implementing new practices or procedures. Many measurement tools can be utilized for this purpose: quantitative frequency distribution charts, line graphs, qualitative data analysis, patient surveys, etc. In order to measure success, however, you need to be familiar with evaluation techniques. To that end, this week you appraise measurement mechanisms to evaluate change in organizations and systems, and evaluate the success of quality improvement initiatives in terms of sustainability. Additionally, this week, you will engage in self-assessment and reflection to evaluate your own leadership skills and preferences. Learning Objectives By the end of this week, you will be able to: Evaluate the extent to which improvement is sustained through leadership and improvement teams Determine measurement mechanisms to evaluate the impact of an action plan and quality improvement initiative recommendations Interpret the results of a self-assessment to gain insights into leadership preferences within the framework of leadership and management Formulate recommendations for leadership development Photo Credit: [Hill Street Studios]/[Blend Images]/Getty Images Learning Resources Note: To access this week’s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus. Required Readings Richardson, A., & Storr, J. (2010). Patient safety: A literative review on the impact of nursing empowerment, leadership and collaboration [corrected] [published erratum appears in INT NURS REV 2010 Mar;57(1):158]. International Nursing Review, 57(1), 12–21. doi:10.1111/j.1466-7657.2009.00757.x Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases. This article analyzes how nurses can improve patient safety. It identifies certain knowledge gaps that inhibit nurses’ ability to improve patient safety that must be addressed before they can effectively make contributions. Bigelow, L., Wolkowski, C., Baskin, L., & Gorko, M. (2010). Lean Six Sigma: Sustaining the gains in a hospital laboratory. Clinical Leadership & Management Review, 24(3), 1–14. Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.