AHRQ Challenge on Innovative Solutions To Update or Re-Create TeamSTEPPS Videos
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is announcing a competition to modernize TeamSTEPPS® video content; the videos are an integral part of AHRQ's TeamSTEPPS training program.
About the Challenge
Healthcare has evolved and advanced since the original TeamSTEPPS videos were created, and many of the current TeamSTEPPS videos no longer meet current healthcare setting needs. AHRQ plans to replace their content to capture the innovations and practices observed in the healthcare landscape today.
This AHRQ Challenge seeks innovators to update the current TeamSTEPPS videos to provide improved TeamSTEPPS tools for communication and collaboration among healthcare team members.
Communication gaps among healthcare providers are linked to poor patient safety outcomes. Conversely, effective teamwork, collaboration, and active communication are considered essential to safer healthcare. Strengthening teamwork and communication among healthcare personnel is a key initiative within the patient safety domain and can transform the culture of safety within healthcare. The TeamSTEPPS training program offers a plethora of methods to build team skills and improve teamwork in healthcare. The training videos are an important tool to demonstrate those methods and how they can be used to achieve the best possible outcomes.
For more than 15 years, the TeamSTEPPS curriculum has been widely used by the healthcare industry in various settings (including hospitals, outpatient clinics, nursing homes, and surgery centers). Medical and nursing schools routinely teach the TeamSTEPPS curricula as part of their core courses, and a variety of healthcare institutions and organizations promote TeamSTEPPS principles and techniques in their efforts to create skilled and cohesive teams. Several years have passed since many of the TeamSTEPPS videos were developed or last revised. In a fast-paced environment such as healthcare, this is a substantial amount of time. With advancements in health information technology, changes in how care is delivered, and an increased emphasis on engaging patients and families as members of the healthcare team, many of the current TeamSTEPPS videos need to be updated to align more closely with current clinical practice, standards of care, and methods of adult training and education.
All existing TeamSTEPPS videos currently on the AHRQ website may be considered for updating.
This Challenge consists of two phases:
Phase 1: Elicit written proposals on innovatively modernizing current TeamSTEPPS videos in an equitable, culturally sensitive, and health literate manner (e.g., including diverse patients and providers, choice of clinical topics that affect diverse populations, modeling plain language). Each proposal will be written in the form of a narrative story or a plan that briefly provides details about how to update an applicable TeamSTEPPS video topic, including video style, type of graphics, use of live or animated actors and/or narrator, and music, and plans for audience testing.
Any organization may choose to update between 1 and 3 TeamSTEPPS video topics, submitting a separate proposal for each one. Each proposal will be considered and evaluated on its own merit. Organizations may wish to consider the following while deciding on which video(s) to select for refreshing: (1) the organization deems a video or videos to be of most urgency to update and (2) the organization has experience in that particular area. A total of 10 proposals will be selected as winners for Phase 1.
Phase 2: Organizations selected as winners in Phase 1 will be invited to produce a replacement for the existing TeamSTEPPS video identified in their proposal. Examples of products to consider that may replace a TeamSTEPPS video include animation videos, motion graphics videos, whiteboard videos, live action videos, live action screencast, or video showcases. This is not an exhaustive list; innovative ideas of how to apply TeamSTEPPS training strategies appropriate for a healthcare environment are encouraged. Each product shall be up to 5 minutes in length. Each video shall be accompanied by a short debrief guide—a series of prompts to the learners who watch the video—in written format to support learners in adopting new practices. The debrief guide may include, for example, questions about how the learner would have handled the situation, how the learner would use the TeamSTEPPS tool featured in the video, and similar probing questions.
Challenge Cost, Timeline, and Prize Amounts
AHRQ is hosting this Challenge as a two-phase competition. All costs associated with both submitting proposals and creating the videos will be the responsibility of the Challenge participant. Cash prizes will be awarded only after the videos are evaluated and determined acceptable at the end of Phase 2.
July 1, 2022—Submissions for Phase 1 (written proposals) has closed. AHRQ will complete the review of the proposals within 6-8 weeks of closing the announcement.
October 2022—AHRQ will announce the Phase 1 winners in October 2022. Phase 2 of the Challenge will commence once the Phase 1 winners are announced and notified in October 2022. The AHRQ team will schedule a live, virtual technical assistance webinar with all winners of Phase 1 to discuss scope of content, end-product quality, accessibility/compliance with Section 508, and address questions that the winners may have.
December 23, 2022—Phase 2 participants will have 60 calendar days from notification to create and submit their production(s) as described in their proposal(s). The deadline to submit the videos is December 23, 2022.
February 2023—The final winners of Phase 2 of the competition will be announced in February 2023.
Only the participants selected as winners of Phase 1 will be eligible to enter Phase 2. Phase 1 winners will not be awarded cash prizes.
Winners of Phase 2 will be awarded $10,000 per successful video. Up to 10 cash prizes will be awarded.
Participants in Phase 2 may be disqualified if their submitted video deviates from their winning proposal or if the production quality does not meet standards per the assessment criteria stated in this announcement and the technical assistance standards. In case any Phase 2 proposals are disqualified, another proposal(s) from Phase 1 may be considered; any additional winner(s) will be contacted about submitting a video and will be given a new 60-day deadline to do so.
For Further Information, contact:
Monika Haugstetter, Health Scientist Administrator: TeamSTEPPSChallenge@ahrq.hhs.gov