Better Health Care: How Do We Learn About Improvement? (Salzburg Global Seminar, Session 565 Report)

The Salzburg Global Seminar (Session 565) was convened July 10th – 15th, 2016, bringing together over 60 leaders in improvement and research from 10 organizations from 28 countries to think through the best ways to learn about improvement and respond to legitimate questions on attribution and generalizability.

The five-day program was designed as a practical and participatory working session with the intention of developing a framework for increasing the rigor, attribution, and generalizability of improvement. At the outset, the framework was envisioned as a source of practical guidance for improvers and researchers – laying out different potential evaluation models, the strengths and weaknesses of each, and guidance on the most appropriate situations for using each model. Over the course of the week, it became clear that much more discussion would be required in order to develop a concrete framework and the group shifted focus toward developing broader guidance on key domains that evaluators and improvers need to consider in order to maximize the learning from improvement.

This report provides an overview of the discussions held and the key takeaways, but does not offer a verbatim account nor does it highlight every point that was raised. This report was written under the Chatham House Rule and as such comments, quotations, and viewpoints are not attributed to individual participants except where specific agreement to do so has been obtained.

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Better Health Care: How Do We Learn About Improvement?

Report Author(s): 
Anjali Chowfla
USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project/URC
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