Creating a Flowchart to Capture a Lot of Information
Sometimes you may have a great deal of information or difficult-to-understand processes that you want to make accessible for people. At ACET, Inc., we create flowcharts for clients. A successful flowchart is easy to read, attractive, and simplifies complex concepts.
Most flowcharts follow a basic binary principle where a question is asked in one shape and then options are given based on a yes response or a no response. The flowchart then continues in these two broad directions. Ideally, a flowchart will fit on one page. Some people create a draft by using sticky notes.
Many flowcharts use standard symbols, such as ovals representing a start or an end point. Parallelograms symbolize an input or an output. Diamonds illustrate decisions. Rectangles represent a process. Arrows show the connections between symbols.
When flowcharts are created well, they communicate clearly about a process. Many health-care clinics, hospitals, and systems use them to create more efficient care. Other organizations create flowcharts to communicate processes for their audience. Effective flowcharts visually present your key points and processes, bridging the vocabulary gap that can bring diverse groups together.
If you’re interested in having ACET create an evaluation flowchart tool, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We offer a free initial consultation!
 Borgert, M., Binnekade, J., Paulus, F., Goossens, A., & Dongelmans, D. (April 2017). A flowchart for building evidence-based care bundles in intensive care: based on a systematic review. International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 29(2), 163-175. https://doi.org/10.1093/intqhc/mzx009