Problem Identification for a Planned Change Practicum Project
Selecting a problem to address through a planned change project will require careful consideration of many variables. Here are a few suggestions to help you identify a problem that is relevant, feasible, and appropriate for a planned change practicum project:
- In collaboration with your faculty and/or mentor, brainstorm problems, concerns, or opportunities for improvement which you could address by leading a planned change project.
- Consider the overall scope of the project, realizing that it should fit into the timeframe of the practicum, be feasible, and be something for which you have the power to facilitate change.
- Remember that in order to secure support, most organizations will want validation that a project is worthwhile and necessary. Toward that end, be sure to identify the potential value added to the organization through the project:
- Improved health outcomes for patients
- Improved compliance with regulatory guidelines
- Improved fiscal outcomes (the financial bottom line)
- Improved health care delivery methods or practices (to enhance quality, safety, or best practices)
- Review current scholarly literature and professional publications regarding the problem to make sure you have a clear understanding of the facts, relevant health policy compliance, and evidence-based practice.
- Obtain feedback and insights from key leaders and experts within the organization, and within the field, as you identify a problem to address.