Tools that Guide Your Implementation

Why do some projects to improve health care quality dazzle in their effectiveness while others fall flat? New tools from the Atlas Initiative will support health institutions in successfully implementing quality improvement initiatives.

The Atlas Initiative is developing tools to guide health care facilities and health systems through successful implementation of quality improvement projects. Health care stakeholders can be more effective when they have a better understanding of how to adapt and support health care innovations across diverse environments.

The Need for Atlas

Health systems everywhere continually look for ways to improve patient care. But when implementing solutions for health care’s biggest challenges, we know one size does not fit all. A solution that drives dazzling outcomes in one location can completely fail in a different setting. Why is that?

  • Health systems’ culture and operations may vary, making solutions effective in one place but not others.   
  • It can be difficult to determine which factors will lead to successful implementation.   

When health systems are able to first assess and address key factors, such as implementation skills, leadership commitment, staff motivation, and competing priorities, they are more likely to be successful when implementing a quality improvement program. This is where the Atlas Initiative comes in.

The Atlas Toolkit 

Ariadne Labs is currently developing and testing a suite of evidence-informed tools that will enable hospitals and health systems to assess facility-specific implementation factors. The toolkit will include a set of surveys and supporting materials that aim to improve implementation success of health care solutions. Any facility that has defined a problem affecting patient care and identified a potential solution to address the problem can use this toolkit.

Atlas Initiative surveys are administered electronically via an emailed link to participants. Ariadne Labs provides aggregate results back to users. The context assessment can be used at the department, clinic or unit level as well as throughout an organization. These resources help to inform whether a site is ready to implement a solution, the amount of resources needed to support implementation, and decisions about implementation strategies and intervention adaptations to align with the site’s strengths and challenges.

The Atlas Initiative Toolkit contains:

The Foundation Survey
The Progress Survey
The Pulse-Check Survey
The Data Context Repository