Editors’ Notes 7
Christina A. Christie, Moira Inkelas, Sebastian Lemire
1. Understanding the Similarities and Distinctions Between Improvement Science and Evaluation 11
Christina A. Christie, Sebastian Lemire, Moira Inkelas
This chapter considers the similarities and distinctions between improvement science and evaluation according to use, valuing, and methods.
2. The Methods and Tools of Improvement Science 23
Sebastian Lemire, Christina A. Christie, Moira Inkelas
This chapter introduces the intellectual foundation, core principles, and selected tools of improvement science.
3. Timely and Appropriate Healthcare Access for Newborns: A Neighborhood-Based, Improvement Science Approach 35
Courtney M. Brown, Robert S. Kahn, Neera K. Goyal
This chapter illustrates the application of quality improvement science techniques to iteratively address family- and system-level barriers to primary care.
4. Improvement for a Community Population: The Magnolia Community Initiative 51
Moira Inkelas, Patricia Bowie, Lila Guirguis
This chapter illustrates how a network of diverse organizations can use iterative learning cycles to come up with promising ideas, test and prototype these ideas, and spread and sustain what is found to work for a community population.
5. Breaking the “Adopt, Attack, Abandon” Cycle: A Case for Improvement Science in K–12 Education 65
This chapter describes the implementation of rapid cycles of evaluations (Plan–Do–Study–Act cycles) to adapt interventions to local school contexts.
6. Online Learning as a Wind Tunnel for Improving Teaching 79
James W. Stigler, Karen B. Givvin
This chapter considers the potential value of combining improvement science and online learning.
7. Value and Opportunity for Improvement Science in Evaluation 93
Moira Inkelas, Christina A. Christie, Sebastian Lemire
This concluding chapter reflects on the case examples comprising this volume and considers the major benefits and implications of integrating improvement science more firmly in evaluation.