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The Role of Evaluation in Improving Healthcare: A Call for Embedded Evaluation

The field of healthcare improvement aims at improving outcomes of care by testing and implementing changes to healthcare processes. Evaluation plays a key role in understanding whether an improvement activity “worked”. More importantly, evaluation can advance our understanding of the attribution and generalizability of the changes we are testing and implementing. Evaluation can therefore play a key role in helping improvers understand “why” and “how” an improvement activity worked. This session calls for an increased collaboration between evaluators and improvers through embedded evaluation