You asked for new features, we embraced them…
Your own personal dashboard…
Everything you need all in one place! All the things you’re taking part in will appear on your new Start page, providing shortcuts straight to the things you use most. You can also pin your favourites so they appear on your page, helping provide easy access to the projects, discussions etc. that you are interested in. This is now your one-stop-shop for navigating straight to the things you care most about.
Encouraging team work…
Life QI is more than just a project management platform, it’s a space for the QI community to learn, share and work together.
A range of new and updated features have been introduced to better support team working and collaboration. Discussions and Groups are now a central part of how people use Life QI. You can create as many discussions and groups as you want and invite anyone you’re working with to join you.
Amongst other things you can now:
- Invite colleagues and outside experts to join your project and define their roles
- Create groups to work together on projects and programmes and participate in group discussions
- Start discussions on local issues with colleagues, or the big challenges and involve anyone in the QI community
- Hold discussion threads direct on your projects and programmes
- Share files in discussion threads
- Post status updates on your project to keep team members up to date
PDSA Ramping - Refine your theory of change…
You can now ramp your PDSA cycles! Ramping enables you to run sequential iterations of each cycle which allows you to rapidly and incrementally refine your theory of change. It also helps you to evaluate the development of the project.
The new look PDSA page on your project provides an overall snapshot of your PDSA ramps on one page. So, you can quickly see how many ramps you have, how many cycles in each ramp, and what stage each PDSAS cycle has reached.
Easier to capture and aggregate chart data…
The Measures and Charts pages on your project have been combined. Now when you’re setting up a measure you can pick your data collection frequency and when you’re ready to start collecting data Life QI will auto-select the dates for you making it even easier to populate your datasheet.
The new date picker also means Life QI can now handle ‘null values’ – for the occasions when you weren’t able to collect data but need to represent this on the chart.
Another benefit of bringing measures and charts together is you can now setup several data sources for the same measure, making it easier to collect multiple data sets that can then be aggregated together into a single chart. This streamlines the input and aggregation of data for projects, measuring the same thing in multiple locations.
Project progress scores
To help you capture and communicate your progress towards your project aim, we have introduced project progress scores. Based on the scale developed at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) the scale allows you to track progress right by the intent to proceed with a project, right through to outstanding sustainable results.
As well as showing you the current level of progress, tracking this score over time will allow you to see the rate of progress – this is particularly useful when looking at a collection of projects at a programme or organisation level.
Tailored reporting supported by detailed analytics…
Celebrate the successes and identify the areas needing support using powerful analytics that look across your portfolio of improvement work to provide you the insights you need.
The new analytics dashboard allows you to tailor reports to meet your needs, making it easy to deliver the right information to the right people. Whether that’s the number of projects you are running or the progress score of your projects over time, the dashboard makes sure you can focus on improvement projects, instead of writing reports! We know that every organisation has its own internal reporting requirements, which is why it is now possible to create your own report templates and get your teams to report on exactly what your organisation needs.
Programme Driver Diagrams, Measures & Template Projects...
The number of programmes being run on Life QI has increased dramatically over the last year. Many of these programmes span multiple organisations and are being used to coordinate region or even nationwide collaboratives. You’ve told us that the possibility of sharing and collaborating through Life QI is hugely valuable and so we have responded with a number of enhancements to make the setup and running of programmes easier.
Driver diagrams and measures have now been introduced to programmes. These work in the same way they do on a project and allow you to define these elements at the programme level, and flow them down into your project template(s) …
Project templates can be created for programmes. This allows you to setup the basic structure of a project once (the template) and then create as many projects as you want from this base template. This is great for programmes that will have multiple projects running with the same or similar driver diagram and measures as the programme.
And there’s plenty more too …
We’ve included just a few of the new great new features in this article but there are plenty more. For more details on every aspect of the new version of Life QI head over to the Learning Centre which contains how-to articles for all areas of the platform.