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Evaluating Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Projects


Despite many ongoing attempts to improve quality and safety in today’s health care settings, projects often are not evaluated and cannot later demonstrate whether improvements were actually made. Among the quality improvement/patient safety (QI/PS) evaluations that are conducted, a fair portion are done post-hoc, without a guiding conceptual framework or theory, and are underfunded. Further, contextual data that can help explain why some sites achieve greater success than others is often not collected or analyzed, constraining the application of interventions to other settings.

This course seeks to prepare participants to evaluate quality improvement and patient safety projects by developing their competencies in the following three areas: critiquing evaluations of projects; designing a robust evaluation of a QI/PS project; and conducting a small-scale qualitative study.

Upcoming Program Dates

Learning Objectives

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Enumerate and communicate the importance of understanding environmental, organizational, group, provider, task, work system, implementation and patient influences on outcomes
  • Describe and evaluate strengths and weaknesses of designs for testing success of QI/PS interventions
  • Describe operational steps to conducting robust data collection and analysis (quantitative and qualitative)
  • Define and describe remedies for common problems in QI/PS studies

Topics Covered

  • Introduction to QI/PS initiatives and changes
  • Identifying framework and stakeholders
  • Financial impact assessment of interventions
  • Evaluation design
  • Data collection and quality control
  • Quantitative data analysis
  • Using a logical framework in evaluation
  • Qualitative methods  


Jill Marsteller, PhD
Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Registration and Costs

Standard registration: $1395 per participant (Registration fee includes instructional materials, breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack.)
Group discounts of 20 percent are available when you register three or more participants.

Johns Hopkins Medicine employees: No cost. Seats limited. 

Please see our cancellation and refund policy.


Constellation Energy Building
4th Floor Conference Center
750 E. Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
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Email or call 410-637-7170.