Fourth Aim Facilitation
Traditional business planning involves growth strategies, increasing market share, identifying strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. While these elements continue to play a role in organizational development more needs to be done to explore the emerging roles a healthcare organization will take concerning responsibility to patients, employees, community stakeholders and collaboration partners.
Fourth Aim Facilitation System Elements
Fourth Aim Facilitation Agenda
The Fourth Aim agenda provides an approach that links key components to the overall project purpose and can be summarized in a single drawing referred to as a system map. The process has been model after the Deming principles of system thinking and evaluation.
The first step in this planning structure involves a participant survey, typically 10 questions or less related to the key elements identified above. The survey work is completed before the first face to face meeting with the group. This process has been used with large and small organizations, internal divisions of a larger healthcare system, and a number of diverse community collaborative groups with the same level of success.
The planning agenda is phased to lead the group through the structure needed to achieve desired purpose. It has the following elements:
Fourth Aim Consulting Group Facilitation Steps
Step 1: Survey participants
Step 2: Summarize results using system elements
Step 3: Provide discussion on current change environment
Step 4: Review survey findings with group
Step 5: Use workgroups to refine findings
Step 6: Establish champion for each accepted process/strategy
Step 7: Establish follow-up next steps .