Measurement for Improvement Resources

Quality and Patient Safety Data for Decision Making Toolkit

The Quality and Patient Safety Data for Decision Making Toolkit contains four parts:

Part one helps you plan and test your quality agenda item using quality improvement (QI) and co-design methodologies.

Part two contains tools and resources to support you developing a Quality Profile and to produce and interpret statistical process control and run charts.

Part three contains guidance on developing patient, service user, family and staff ‘stories’ or experiences to share at committee, board and leadership team meetings.

Part four contains useful resources to gather feedback and evaluate your project.


 Quality and Patient Safety Data for Decision Making Case Studies and Publications

Read about how data and people's stories were used in QI projects to support Boards in the role of overseeing quality and its improvement

Effective measurement framework

The 7 steps for effective measurement for improvement: This document outlines the 7 steps and associated tasks to generate and use data effectively for improvement. It is helpful to ensure you don’t forget any key steps.


Measurement for Improvement Glossary: This document presents a glossary of measurement for improvement terms. It is recommended you consult the glossary to familiarise yourself with the technical terms we use in all our resources.

Guidance for choosing your measures:

  • Prioritising Measures of Quality of Care checklist  This checklist helps you in developing or choosing measures (single measures / KPIs or families of measures) to understand the quality of care.
  • Measurement Plan template This tool describes the rationale behind choosing a measure, the type of measure, the relevant definitions and how to collect and present the measure, to ensure that a team has clarity on all aspects of measurement being carried out.

Guidance for analysing and presenting your data:

Guidance on surveys and qualitative data:

  • Guidance on how to use and analyse surveys  Surveys are an effective way to quickly gather information and data when you are seeking feedback on a particular topic, fact and information about people or their knowledge, attitudes or opinions about something. This document offers guidance on designing, conducting, analysing and presenting surveys.
  • Introduction to qualitative methods The presentation covers what Qualitative Research is and the differences between qualitative and quantitative approaches to research and evaluation, including methods such as interviewing, focus groups, observation and documentary analysis and briefly addresses approaches to analysing qualitative data.

There are additional resources you can consult on LENUS, the Irish Health Repository . Please use the key search term QPSIntelligence (no space) to locate our resources timely.

QI self-evaluation guide and workbook:


Listen to our podcast episode on QPS data for decision making and how data can be used for assurance and improvement: Walk and Talk Improvement Podcast: Using data to improve