Process Improvement in Behavioral Health

Learn the NIATx Model: The NIATx Virtual Change Leader Academy

The NIATx Virtual Change Leader Academy (CLA)  is a four-session virtual workshop followed by optional virtual peer networking and support from a NIATx coach. 

View the complete 2023 NIATx Virtual Change Leader Academy Calendar


What is process improvement?

Process improvement can be defined as “changing the way that work is performed so it is more efficient and effective.” Initially geared toward manufacturing, process improvement is now widely recognized as a powerful tool for making positive change in any setting.  

Focus on simplicity

The NIATx model gives organizations a set of tools for addressing problematic processes in the work system. By identifying the internal practices and processes that inhibit its ability to provide effective, timely care, an organization can make changes to those processes, eliminate or reduce problems, and make progress toward improvement. 

Watch this 2-minute video to see how it works: 


How do prevention practitioners use process improvement?

Prevention practitioners can use process improvement for: 

  1. Coalition Functioning
  • Increase meeting attendance
  • Increase sector representation
  • Increase number of volunteer hours logged
  1. Implementing Prevention Evidence-Based Practices 
  • Increase the number of schools using programs
  • Increase the number of schools meeting program fidelity standards
  • Increase parent attendance at program sessions
  • Increase parent completion rate of programs with multiple sessions
  • Increase communication reach of messaging media campaign


The evidence base for NIATx

More than 60 peer-reviewed articles document the effectiveness of the NIATx model. View the full list here. 

Learn more about NIATx here.

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