Tests of Change are used to coordinate and manage the details of making a change to a process and determining what, if any, effect the change had on that process or outcomes. These idea for the changes can come from anywhere, but potential changes and solutions often will come from the discussion threads in the Opportunities for Improvement section.
Tests of Change are one part of how Qualaris helps you carry out best practices in effective improvement. Learn more about Qualaris' improvement approach here.
New Tests of Change start off with a status of Upcoming. Once you've established the details of the change, how success will be measured, and coordinated the change with everyone involved you will switch the status to Active and set a Start of Test date. Once a test concludes, the owner of the Test of Change or an admin can mark it as Finished, set an End of Test date, and update the Results section with the specific results
These statuses make it simple for the entire team to always know which changes are being evaluated and measured.
Pro tip - Specify which Opportunity this Test of Change is targeting. This allows other users (or your future self!) to trace an improvement effort all the way from a hypothesis-driven Test of Change to an Opportunity's discussion to the underlying process data.
Update Tests of Change with specific and detailed results once they are available. This not only shares the results with the entire team but it automatically maintains documentation of specific improvement changes over time, enabling simple sharing with other teams or demonstration of improvement progress.
The Test of Change start and end dates are annotated into the Outcome Measure and Process Measure graphs on the main overview page of the Improvement Project. This provides a visual run chart of important improvement metrics, the outcomes and processes, over time and annotated with the active steps the improvement team takes to improve them.