Establishing a Child Health Improvement Partnership: A How-to Guide


Establishing a Child Health Improvement Partnership: A How-to Guide


An Improvement Partnership (IP) is a durable, regional collaboration of public and private partners that uses measurement-based efforts and a systems approach to improve the quality of children ‘s health care. This guide attempts to share the best thinking and knowledge about what existing IPs have been able to accomplish. It is designed for any state with an existing IP, regardless of the stage of development, or for any state contemplating setting up an IP.

The guide outlines the necessary strategies for developing and implementing an IP and highlights success stories drawn from the interviews conducted with child health innovators from across the country. It also offers an array of tips and tools useful in developing an IP, including the following:

  • Prompting questions to help guide planning discussions
  • Worksheets designed to inform decisionmaking processes
  • Checklists that outline the components of fundamental tasks
  • Examples and lessons learned from IPs in several states
  • Sample documents such as budgets and job descriptions for key staff positions that users can adapt for their needs
  • Selected references that provide further information on key topics


Commonwealth Fund; Vermont Department of Health; University of Vermont College of Medicine; Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP)

Funding Sources:

Commonwealth Fund


Release Date: 2009
Original Summary: March 2013
Last Updated: 06/05/13

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