Having a clear aim statement is important in quality improvement work because:
(A) Aim statements provide a clear and specific goal for the organization to reach.
(B) All grant agencies require clear aim statements when they are considering funding requests.
(C) Aim statements remove all obstacles from quality improvement projects.
(D) The leaders of all organizations expect to see these types of goals.
Aim statements provide a clear and specific goal for the organization to reach.
Whether you're trying to reduce your commute time or cut down on the incidence of surgical-site infections, having a clear and specific aim statement makes your project more likely to succeed. Good aim statements include a specific, measurable goal, a deadline for achieving the goal, and information about which population will be affected: how good, by when, for whom. They do not, however, remove all obstacles from the process. And while many funding requests and leaders require strong aims, it's not always a requirement.