The IDEAS Learning Program consists of two programs: the Advanced Learning Program and the Introductory Quality Improvement Program.
IDEAS Advanced Learning Program
The IDEAS Advanced Learning Program is designed for individuals leading quality improvement projects. It is comprised of two components: the advanced curriculum and an applied learning project.
IDEAS Advanced Curriculum
The purpose of the advanced curriculum is to provide the requisite knowledge base and tools to assist participants to conduct high impact clinical improvement projects, manage and integrate non-clinical processes, and lead quality improvement and change management initiatives. The nine-day advanced curriculum includes a broad spectrum of topics and ensures application of key topics via a number of adult learning tools.
IDEAS Applied Learning Projects
A key component of the IDEAS program is the applied learning project. Participants are required to develop, implement and report on an improvement project that demonstrates their ability to apply curriculum and learning, is aligned with health system and organization priorities, and demonstrates improvement. Summaries of IDEAS projects to-date are available here.
During the development and execution of their applied projects, a quality improvement advisor from Health Quality Ontario supports participants. These advisors, who are professionals from all sectors of Ontario’s health system, possess a deep understanding of quality improvement methods, tools, and techniques and are experts in applying quality improvement science and tools in health care settings. In addition, participants are supported by quality improvement epidemiologists from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. They have expertise in data collection strategies, statistical analysis and reporting, and health financial/economic analysis and will guide participants on the use of quality improvement statistical tools and concepts such as run charts and statistical process control.
IDEAS Introductory Quality Improvement Program
The IDEAS Introductory Quality Improvement Program is designed for physicians, nurses, other health care professionals and managers who are participating or would like to participate in quality improvement projects that will improve patient care processes and outcomes. Customized for the Ontario health system context, the accredited two-day (or equivalent 12-hour) program provides introductory knowledge and skills in quality improvement principles, methods and tools. The program features interactive learning using practical exercises, case-based learning and lots of hands-on practice. This will allow for reflection and applied learning.