Quality Improvement

The Quality Improvement Section (QIS) provides a forum for best practice in the application of statistical methods seeking to improve organisational performance and outcomes, whilst encouraging statisticians to be involved as key advisers at a practical level in organisational improvement.

The Quality Improvement Section was originally a sub-committee of the Business and Industrial Section until 1998 when it became a committee reporting directly to the Society’s Council. At the beginning of 2004, the Committee became a Section. In 2006, Six Sigma was recognised as a strong force and a Six Sigma Study Group (later re-named Six Sigma, Lean and Process Improvement Study Group), was formed specifically to address this and related issues. This study group was re-absorbed into the section at the end of its term in 2011. QIS continues its interest in Six Sigma & Lean with the ISO oversight committee for ISO18404.
Following the winding up of the Professional Development Committee and the growth of training courses within the RSS, QIS is now keeping a watchful eye on the training marketplace to identify emerging trends.

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  1. Creating a community for the wide range of people with an interest in the application of statistical thinking and methods for quality improvement in all fields: including private, public, third sector, government, business, commerce, industry and healthcare.
  2. Organising regular activities to bring people together to share their knowledge and experience of quality improvement, and to support the communication of statistical thinking and methods for quality improvement to the wider community.
QIS is an outward facing section and welcomes all contributions from within and without the RSS.

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Annual Report 2021