Principles of CQI for Social Service Providers
1. Quality is grounded in the service experience.
Quality is reflected through the perspective of multiple stakeholders, including participants, front-line program staff, program leadership, organizational leadership, funders, and other community partners.’
In this process, we are focused on participants, front-line staff, and program leadership while “holding” the perspectives of the other stakeholders.
2. People practicing CQI must share a common purpose & trust each other.
The building blocks for programs that successfully engage in CQI are shared values, goals, and trust. Doing CQI together – working on improvement cycles – can help teams strengthen these building blocks.
3. Communication is open, consistent, & clear.
Inclusive communication across program leadership and staff is required for effective improvement.
4. People & teams are flexible & open to change
Working to minimize internal barriers (e.g. streamlining approval processes or minimizing paperwork) can help to support improvement.
5. People are encouraged & supported in thinking & working in new ways.
Putting in place CQI requires new ways of thinking, behaving or working. Program leaders and teams have the opportunity to practice:
– Tolerance of failure and vulnerability
– Use of feedback
– Systems thinking
– Involve team members with different perspectives