What is a Learning Collaborative?
A Learning Collaborative helps multiple provider teams implement the Model for Improvement.
The Change Package on our improvement topic includes proven best practices for us to try out in our settings. The methodology for change, or the Model for Improvement including the PDSA (Plan-Do-Study-Act) Cycle, gives us the structure and tools to make changes in our work in a scientific and sustainable way. This Learning Collaborative approach has been proven effective nationally and internationally since 1994. It was developed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and is also called the Breakthrough Series model.
How Does a Learning Collaborative Work?
The Learning Collaborative model organizes multiple groups with varying needs into a process of group learning, where all teams use the Model for Improvement and learn from each other’s successes and challenges. The main elements of the program model are the following:
- A pre-work period in which teams get organized to improve care
- A series of Learning Sessions where experts share information and approaches to improvement changes (participating teams will serve as experts later in the collaborative)
- Action periods, following each learning session, in which changes are tested and implemented by the teams
- A congress where teams share results and lessons learned of the collaborative