The Checklist: Simplifying the Complex


Daniel Hayden, Rare Conservation


You wouldn’t go to the supermarket without a list, so why would you begin a conservation project without a list? The trip to the supermarket may require buying 50 items, but a conservation project integrates hundreds of activities over many years.  Or does it?  Based on the research of Dr. Atul Gawande, we believe that any big project can be broken down into smaller sets, and those small steps can be distilled into a list of leading indicators and output assessments, making the complex simple through checklists. This session will discuss the key elements of a good checklist, how to define a process, how to distill best practices and coach staff on those practices.

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