Aalto Handbook

PDCA cycle

Aalto University's quality management is based on the principle of continuous development, the PDCA cycle (Plan-Do-Check-Act).
PDCA

PDCA cycle: the principle behind Aalto’s quality system

Aalto’s quality system is based on the principle of continuous development, or the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle (PDCA). At Aalto, the PDCA is a cycle of planning activities in line with agreed objectives, acting on the plans, measuring success based on key performance indicators and evaluating as well as adjusting activities based on feedback. Below you can find activities that fall under each step of the PDCA cycle.

PDCA cycle at Aalto

PLAN

* Aalto's living strategy
* Schools' and departments' strategic plans
* Our Plan
* Regulations and instructions

DO

*Research
* Artistic activities
* Education and learning
* Societal interaction
* Cross-cutting approaches
* Services and leadership

CHECK

* Key performance indicators
* Internal and external evaluations
* Feedback
* Operating environment review

ACT

* Adjustments to strategy
* Development actions and projects
* Renewal of objectives

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