Action learning combines collaborative learning with focused action to create positive impact.
- Collaborative Learning. Participants learn with and from each other in a tailored program designed to meet their priority needs and interests.
- Focused Action. Participants apply what they are learning to address defined challenges in their organization or community.
- Positive Impact. The combination of collaborative learning and focused action helps participants create positive impact for their team, their organization, and the community they serve.
An Action Learning Collaborative can be sponsored by an association, foundation, public agency, or other organization interested in bring collaborative learning and improvement. A Collaborative could extend anywhere from three months to 12 months or longer depending on the scope of work and the interests of participants. Key development steps include the following.
- Engage Participants. A Collaborative engages individuals or teams from multiple organizations in a focused process of assessing needs, designing strategies, developing capacity, executing for results, and demonstrating impact.
- Define Goals. The goals for a Collaborative could be focused on any topic or set of aims of interest to the sponsor and participants.
- Support Learning. Learning supports typically include a tailored set of group learning sessions, webinars, and online resources that enable participants learn from subject matter experts as well as other Collaborative members.
- Support Action. Action supports typically include coaching, data, tools, and technical assistance to help participants implement what they are learning through the Collaborative.
- Demonstrate Results. Action Learning Collaboratives are focused on results. One way to demonstrate results is a Capstone Event in which participants become teachers by sharing their accomplishments, innovations, and lessons learned from their applied projects.
- Sponsor. A statewide primary care association with federal grant support.
- Focus. Helping community health centers develop capacity for patient centered medical home (PCMH) recognition.
- Participants. PCMH development teams from 20+ community health centers.
- Collaborative Learning Sessions. Onsite group learning sessions and topical webinars focus on building specific PCMH capabilities.
- Supported Action Periods. Participating teams work together to to build and document PCMH capabilities during action periods between meetings. Action period supports include webinars, coaching, data, tools, training, technical assistance, and a shared online resource center.
- Capstone Event. Participating teams submit their applications for PCMH recognition to NCQA or the Joint Commission.
- Positive Impact. Thousands of patients benefit from receiving care in a robust medical home, and organizations benefit from team learning and development.
- Sponsor. A regional health foundation.
- Focus. Improving safety net health care for uninsured adults with chronic conditions.
- Participants. Local health care organizations including free clinics, a rural health center, a community behavioral health organization, two health systems, a public health agency, and a pharmacy access organization.
- Collaborative Learning Sessions. Monthly learning sessions focus on defining needs, discussing promising practices, and developing collaborative strategies for improvement.
- Supported Action Periods. Participating organizations implement the Chronic Care Model and other key strategies during action periods between meetings. Action period supports include webinars, coaching, data, tools, training, technical assistance, and a shared online resource center.
- Capstone Event. Participants periodically report on their number of patients served, their patient demographic profile, their patient health profile, their quality measures, and their innovations and lessons learned.
- Positive Impact. Thousands of community members benefit from enhanced access to high quality care, and organizations benefit from team learning and development.
- Sponsor. Three statewide associations and a state public health agency, with federal grant funding.
- Focus. Helping interprofessional teams of health care providers strengthen their competencies for interprofessional collaboration and leadership.
- Participants. Interprofessional teams of three to five people from organizations in health care and public health.
- Collaborative Learning Sessions. Four onsite group learning sessions over a nine month period with expert faculty presentations and facilitated peer learning opportunities.
- Supported Action Periods. Participating teams work together on a ‘capstone project’ designed to address a real challenge or opportunity affecting their organization or community. Action period supports include webinars, coaching, data, tools, training, technical assistance, and a shared online resource center.
- Capstone Event. Participating teams deliver a ‘teach-back’ presentation at the final session to share their accomplishments, insights, and lessons learned.
- Positive Impact. Participants report positive impact on their personal development and team development, as well as positive impact from their capstone project.
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