Applied Learning Project
A rich component of the Advanced Learning Program (ALP) is the team based applied learning project. Teams identify an issue and develop, implement and report on a quality improvement project in their own organization or local health system.
In addition to class time, participants commit 5-10 hours weekly over the course of the five-month program to complete their project, including meetings with their project team and QI Advisor, data collection and analysis, engaging stakeholders, planning and completing tests of change and pre-session preparation.
Since 2013, more than 400 healthcare clinicians and administrators have successfully graduated from the IDEAS Advanced Learning Program and contribute to patient care quality initiatives across Ontario including:
- Quality Based Procedures (QBPs) for Stroke, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Congestive Heart Failure (CHF);
- Care coordination for complex patients through Health Links;
- Patient flow (decreasing transfer to rehab times, improving timely access to primary care);
- Implementation of best practice guidelines;
- Enhancing the patient experience.
For examples of IDEAS Applied Learning Projects, visit the IDEAS Project Repository.