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Improving Improvement Toolkit

John Clarkson. Cambridge Engineering Design Centre.

This toolkit follows from the Royal Academy of Engineering's Engineering Better Care report, providing a practical systems approach to health and care design and continuous improvement. It contains a framework of questionsactivities and tools to assist in the planning and delivery of an improvement process.

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Systems Safety Assessment Toolkit

System Safety Assessment is a method to help healthcare staff think about ‘what could go wrong’ in a healthcare system, where a system could be anything from a care pathway to a project plan for a service improvement, to a new ward or even the movement of a service from acute care to the community.

Simplified Inclusive Design Toolkit design cycle

Inclusive Design Toolkit

Every design decision has the potential to include or exclude customers. Inclusive design emphasizes the contribution that understanding user diversity makes to informing these decisions, and thus to including as many people as possible. User diversity covers variation in capabilities, needs, and aspirations.

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E-commerce Image Recommendations

When grocery shopping on mobile devices, the pack size and type of product are often difficult or impossible to interpret from the photograph that represents the product. This tool provides recommendations for how to solve this problem, including downloadable templates and best practice examples of e-comerce images.

Exclusion calculator

Exclusion calculator

Estimate the number of people unable to use a product or service because of the demands that it places on users' capabilities. The tool involves estimating demands on a range of capabilities, including vision, thinking and dexterity. This helps to quantify accessibility and prioritise improvements.

Cambridge simulation glasses

Cambridge Simulation Glasses

The Cambridge simulation glasses provide insight into the effects of vision loss on product use. They can build empathy with users, and can be used to examine the visual accessibility of products and services, helping to create better, more inclusive designs. Pairs of glasses can be purchased from our online store.

Cambridge simulation gloves

Cambridge Simulation Gloves

The Cambridge simulation gloves provide insight into how limitations in hand movement can affect product use. They can build empathy with users, and can be used to examine the accessibility of products and services, helping to create better, more inclusive designs. Pairs of gloves can be purchased from our online store.

Can you see it screen

Can you SEE-IT?

The Sight Exclusion Estimator - Interactive Tool (SEE-IT) can be used to assess the visual clarity of text or graphics. It estimates the number of people who would be unable to see handheld designs comfortably and can help to identify potential improvements to such visual designs that could lead to increased markets.

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Cambridge Advanced Modeller 2

Cambridge Advanced Modeller 2 is a software tool for modelling and analysing the dependencies and flows in complex systems such as products, processes and organisations. It provides a diagrammer, simulation tool, DSM tool and a variety of toolboxes. CAM is free for research, teaching and evaluation.

Inclusive Design Cards example

Inclusive Design Cards

Inclusive Design increases the competitiveness of industry and helps a significant proportion of the UK population live independently through the provision of everyday products and services designed to be inclusive from the outset. These cards were developed as part of a UK Innovate project to increase awareness and training in the UK.

Sustainable value analysis tool

Sustainable Value Analysis Tool

The Sustainable Value Analysis Tool (SVAT) is designed to help manufacturing companies identify opportunities to create sustainable value by analysing the captured and uncaptured value throughout the entire life cycle of products. The tool has been well received in 25 manufacturing companies across various sectors and of various sizes.

Business transformation tool

Business Transformation Tool

The Business Transformation Tool has been developed to support a business in turning a new value opportunity into a new business model. It has been used in workshops with 16 companies to provide a structured approach to understanding and managing complex multi-dimensional change and long-term sustainable business transformation.



Clari-Fi helps to evaluate the visual clarity (i.e. perceptibility) of icons, images and text that are intended to be viewed on a mobile device. Clari-Fi speeds up the process of designing these graphical features, because it enables the visual clarity of these features to be evaluated on a large screen device, and uses blurring to simulate the challenges of viewing these features on a mobile device.


Value mapping tool

Cambridge Value Mapping Tool

The Cambridge Value Mapping Tool has been developed to elicit failed value exchanges among multiple stakeholders in a firm's network and uncover new value opportunities through a structured and visual approach. The tool has been used extensively in industry workshops and in education. 


Problem characterisation radar plot

This document provides a visualisation for problem characterisation. The visualisation helps us represent the ways in which we find problems difficult to understand or difficult to address. It was developed for work with individuals, groups and organisations who might describe such problems as ‘ill-defined’, ‘messy’, ‘complex’ or ‘wicked’ (in contrast to those that are ‘well-defined’, ‘clean’, ‘simple’ or ‘tame’). Such problems include problems of organisational management and strategy, social and political change, and environmental protection and restoration.

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Effective Quadratures

Effective-Quadratures is a suite of tools for generating polynomials for parametric computational studies. These polynomials may be used to compute approximations to scientific models; tailored specifically for uncertainty quantification, optimization and numerical integration studies.