More about the EvidenceNOW Key Driver Diagram

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has developed an innovative model for supporting primary care practice improvement with the overarching aim of improving health care quality by increasing the capacity of primary care practices to implement patient-centered outcomes research findings. The model originated from EvidenceNOW, a multiyear AHRQ grant initiative designed to advance the adoption of clinical and organizational evidence in small- and medium-sized primary care practices.

EvidenceNow Key Driver DiagramThe EvidenceNOW model is grounded in a key driver diagram. A key driver diagram shows what contributes to (or “drives”) the achievement of an overall quality improvement goal (“aim”) and the actions (“change strategies”) that support accomplishing each key driver. A key driver diagram is a useful tool for understanding what it takes to achieve an improvement goal, and for organizing improvement work.

AHRQ developed the EvidenceNOW model’s key driver diagram with extensive input from EvidenceNOW grantees,* practice facilitators participating in the initiative, and other experts in primary care quality improvement. The key driver diagram includes six key drivers essential to accomplishing EvidenceNOW’s aim:

Working with the EvidenceNOW community, AHRQ also has identified tools and resources that can be used in implementing each change strategy and key driver. Access the searchable collection of over 100 tools and resources here.

Access the EvidenceNOW model's key driver diagram here.

* The following EvidenceNOW grantees made significant contributions to the development of the EvidenceNOW Key Driver Diagram:

Page last reviewed November 2018
Page originally created November 2018
Internet Citation: More about the EvidenceNOW Key Driver Diagram. Content last reviewed November 2018. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. https://www.ahrq.gov/evidencenow/tools/keydrivers/about.html
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