The Plan-Do-Study-Act cycle is a simple yet powerful tool for accelerating improvement by developing a plan to test the change (Plan), carrying out the test (Do), observing and learning from the consequences (Study), and determining what modifications should be made to the test (Act).
Basically, the meeting planner is asking: What are we trying to accomplish? How will we know that a change is an improvement? What changes can we make that will result in improvement?
If planning an annual event or a series of learning interventions, this model can be quite useful for measuring change, particularly in physician performance or patient outcomes.