At Qualaris, we've found that a helpful way to think about data collection targets is to work backwards from how you'd like to use the data.

Here's an example.

If you'd like each unit to gather HH observations, review it weekly, and pick one area for improvement to work on until resolved, then you could pose the following question. "How many HH observations would a unit want to look at to be ready to pick an area to work on improving?" 

You can test a possible answer with a concrete example for a quick gut check - if a unit had 20 observations, and 10 of them showed low compliance for RNs during the night shift, would that be enough data for people to start working with that group? If you believe the answer is "likely yes," then that's a great place to start, and the team can adjust their collection goals as needed over time. If you're still unsure, we've found that starting with 10 observations between reviews (e.g. each week or each month) is a great place to start that you can then adjust as needed.

Because setting collection goals, tracking progress towards them, and managing staff contributions can get complicated quick, Qualaris added a new feature to Improve that simplifies data collection management. You can set and adjust collection goals, see progress each time period to that goal, and see contributions from individuals.

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