Positive Deviance and Predictive Analytics

Provided in this portion of the website are resources about PD and Predictive Analytics (PA).


Huffington Post Article: 

Big Data with a Personal Touch: The Convergence of Predictive Analytics and Positive Deviance


Commitments Needed From PA/PD Pilot Sites

In order to serve as a Pilot Site, organizations must meet the following criteria:

  • Experience and expertise in Predictive Analytics (PA) and supportive technology.
  • Provide full and timely support for implementation of the Positive Deviance (PD) process.
  • Support an experienced leader who volunteers to champion the PA/PD approach and serve as a liaison between the organization (hospital, etc.) and staff.
  • Participate in all learning activities among the Pilot Sites – monthly conference calls, face-to-face meetings at mutually agreed upon intervals, and online interactions.
  • Share lessons learned in PA/PD implementation efforts during (bi) annual meetings of the PA/PD Partnership.
  • Welcome visits from representatives of partner organizations to learn about the PA/PD implementation experience.
  • Data submission requirement.
  • Enable staff to be available for discussions with researchers and writers who will documenting the PA/PD “story”.


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Resource Spotlight:

Letting Go, Gaining Control: Positive Deviance and MRSA Prevention

This article, recently featured in Clinical Leader, discusses healthcare-associated infections and outlines the specific steps of the PD process that some pioneering hospitals are taking to reduce transmission.