Hospitals | 09-Nov-2017

Best Practices for Picking the Right KPIs for Simulation Training Outcomes

Simulation-based training has evolved from an educational afterthought to a clinical learning necessity—and the amount of associated data and information has increased exponentially. In fact, a sim center's data may double every two years! But with the help of a simulation management solution, you can collect and report on key performance indicators (KPIs) from a variety of devices, departments, sources, and systems.

What's the best way to pick the right KPIs to measure simulation training outcomes? Read on for best practices to implement at your facility.

Get aligned

Select KPIs that are aligned with your training objectives. The ultimate goal of simulation-based training is to improve outcomes. Your KPIs should reflect that. Simulation-based training provides an excellent opportunity for healthcare practitioners to refine care delivery and team-based communication skills in a safe environment. If you're conducting an in-situ cross-discipline training exercise, you might select KPIs related to communication, and measure how frequently various clinicians are in communication with one another with a goal of increasing the quality of care for the patient. And a KPI measuring facility utilization might examine who uses your lab/center, when, and for what purpose.

Be specific

Select KPIs that are well-defined. Before you get started, outline what exactly it is you're measuring, and ask yourself what data points you need to make a measurement. KPIs for simulation training outcomes should communicate a clear understanding of both methodology and anticipated results. If a KPI is too vague, it may be interpreted in different ways. Use reports to keep everyone on the same page and moving forward in the same direction.

Ensure viability

Select KPIs that are actually measurable with the tools and technology you have. Realistic planning will enable you to generate reports from evaluations, scores, performance, surveys, and create center/inventory usage statistics. For more in-depth reporting and to review comprehensive KPIs, monitor trends, and generate a variety of charts on simulation activities, enhance your simulation management solution with an innovative add-on application.

Take action

Select KPIs that inspire action. Once you've collected and analyzed your KPIs, you'll want to make the most of the results. If your learners are consistently meeting – or missing – required competencies, your KPIs can guide you in modifying your curricula. Comprehensive KPIs for video recording, evaluation, cases and scenarios, users and login, and system usage can help you make informed choices as you refine your training program and plan for the future.


Reports, metrics, and KPIs are everywhere—but with a bit of planning and the technology to back you up, you can make the numbers work for you. Try to start with a primary focus on metrics that are most relevant to your program, and take the time to think critically about how and why a certain KPI is key to improving simulation training outcomes.

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