Five Practical Strategies for Managing Successful Improvement Projects

You have a great idea for an improvement project to reduce infection rates at your organization. You and your team have created a meaningful aim, crafted a useful set of measures, and brainstormed several creative change ideas to test in the coming months. There’s support from leadership, energy from staff, and excitement around every corner. You’re ready to go!

Except for one thing — now you need to successfully manage the project.

Managing a quality improvement project is a critical skill for anyone interested in making care — and systems — better where they work. But for many in health care, project management is not a full-time job. In fact, there’s a sizable gap between coming up with a great idea for a project and guiding a team to successful, meaningful improvements. Bridging that gap is what we discussed on this WIHI.

Whether you’re about to manage your first improvement project or your 50th, whether you manage teams of four or teams of 40, this episode of WIHI will show you the strategies you can test and use immediately, examples you can share with colleagues, and valuable tools you can bring to your next quality improvement project.

Group Processes/Facilitation Project Schedule Quality Improvement

Increasing Meaningful Partnerships between Families and MCH Partnerships

In this module, nationally recognized family leader and speaker, Ms. Eileen Forlenza addresses four critical strategies for increasing meaningful partnerships between Families and MCH Professionals. Anyone interested in issues around Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) will find this 30-minute leadership lesson incredibly insightful and helpful.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Professional Partnerships
  2. Create a shared vision
  3. Strengthen your foundation
  4. Explore innovation
  5. Demonstrate strong leadership

Community and Organizational Partnerships Group Processes/Facilitation

Effective Leadership for Healthy Communities: Concepts, Collaborations and Case Studies

This course will cover the fundamental concepts of collaborative leadership and clarify the multiple layers of influence that impact health. Participants will receive an introduction to the knowledge and skills needed to effectively guide diverse groups of people to find solutions to complex problems that affect them all. Collaborative leadership is an evidence-based field that has proven particularly effective in public health planning where multiple stakeholders have an interest. Course topics include the nature of successful collaboration, characteristics of a collaborative leader and a discussion of the collaborative leadership practices. An overview of a multiple-sector approach to public health provides a context for the collaborative leadership discussions.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Determine when and when not to use collaboration 2. Compare five levels of relationships: networking, coordinating, cooperating, collaborating, and competing
  2. Identify three reasons people and organizations collaborate
  3. Identify some of the challenges to collaborative leadership
  4. Explain the context for collaboration
  5. Define the nature of successful collaboration
  6. Explain the meaning and nature of collaborative leadership
  7. Compare leadership styles
  8. Differentiate between “leadership” and “leader”
  9. Define the six practices of collaborative leadership Identify different ways to build collaborative leadership skills

Community and Organizational Partnerships Group Processes/Facilitation Leadership

Building Bridges Across the Professions: Promoting Successful Intraprofessional Collaborations

This keynote address will focus on how leaders can bring together diverse groups of people to tackle shared problems and achieve the common good.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Rationale for the importance of collaboration
  2. Advantages of collaboration
  3. Challenges of collaboration
  4. Appreciate the role of organizational structure and culture
  5. Model for collaboration

Community and Organizational Partnerships Community Engagement Group Processes/Facilitation Leadership

Effective Project Management

Overview of the need for project management, role of project management, phases of project management, project management elements, project team, project contract. Explains the value of project management – that it helps the project move more quickly while the work is being done – “go slow to go fast”. The program discusses the need for a project plan and the different types of project plans that can be used.

Learning Objectives:

1. Project content, logistics, deliverables
2. Self management
3. Coordination and Communication with others

Community and Organizational Partnerships Group Processes/Facilitation Project Scope

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