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  • Richard Whitlam posted an update in the group Measurement for Improvement 1 week, 3 days ago

    Hi, I wondered if anybody has performed a ‘monitors and measures’ workshop? I’ve been asked to co-run one and am looking for ideas for a practical group session. Total allowed workshop time is 60mins so would want the practical element to last maybe 30ish mins
    thanks in Advance…

    • Hi Richard, hope you are well. I have ran a fair few of these kinds of sessions and I guess I’d ask at what level the delegates are at? This will then perhaps lead to the possibilities of something interactive.

      • Hi Stuart,
        Thanks for your rely, my audience will all be healthcare scientists so will be very data driven. The initial aim is to provide an introduction and spark discussion
        Thanks Very Much for your help

      • Hi Richard,

        I developed and delivered two Measurement for Improvement modules, one full-day for clinicians, executives, commissioners and managers, and a half day module to introduce data experts, analysts and researchers to QI and measurement. I’d be very happy to help.



      • Hi again Richard… so depending on their experiences of measurement for improvement (I am making an assumption that this will be limited), I think it would be really helpful for them to understand the differences in types of measurement – I often spend some time on Leif Solberg et al’s ‘3 Faces of Measurement’. Once they are comfortable with that, I find it easier to navigate the content I want to get across. I think this presents lots of interactive opportunities, as Thomas said, I am happy to share further ideas if that helps.

      • Hi Stuart and Thomas,
        Sorry for the delay in getting back to you, would greatly appreciate any and all help you could give please. and will certainly look at the 3 faces of measurement

      • Feel free to get in touch directly Richard if a chat would help, my email is – we can work out a time or whatever from there…

    • It depends on the audience and what you are attempting to achieve in terms of learning outcomes. One I have used a lot for beginners is the Post It Note game … it just requires post-it notes, a coin, and a clock (e.g. stopwatch on a mobile phone) and can be used to generate raw data that can be plotted as before and after improvement run charts. I’m happy to send the instructions if you share your email address.

      • Hi Simon,
        Thanks for your reply, this idea sounds like it would appeal to my audience as they will all be healthcare scientists so very data driven. The aim is really to provide an introduction rather than anything else. My direct email is
        thanks very much for your help

    • Hi Richard, OK I’ll email you the instructions – it is designed as an introduction. With regards, Simon

    • Hi Richard
      The most engaging measurement activity I have taken part in during a QI training session involved making paper aeroplanes and measuring flight distance. Doesn’t generate a huge amount of data but teaches on sources of and reducing variation and generates a very simple SPC chart with a shift.
      If you’re interested then I might be able to get you some slides and notes on it or at least provide more details on how it was run.
      Best wishes


      • Hi Anton,
        I’ve heard about this one before but not sure on the details so would be great if you could forward something please
        Very much appreciate your help