The Check Sheet is for data gathering that can be used
for root cause analysis.
can be used to gather data to check for problem areas
and to help identify root causes. The data can be used
to identify the scale of a problem and to spot trends by
charting and comparing data collected over a period of
A Check Sheet is used for:
Distinguishing between fact and opinion (example:
how does the employees perceive the effectiveness of
Gathering data about how often a problem is
occurring (example: how often is the widget machine
Gathering data about the type of problem occurring
(example: What is the most common type of problem
that is occurring e.g. widgets marked, dented,
Steps to create a Check Sheet
Clarify the measurement objectives. Ask questions
such as "What is the problem?”, "Why should data
be collected?", "Who will use the information being
collected?", "Who will collect the data?"
Create a form for collecting data. Determine the
specific things that will be measured and write this
down the left side of the check sheet. Determine the
time or place being measured and write this across
the top of the columns.
Collect the data for the items being measured.
Record each occurrence directly on the Check Sheet
as it happens.
Tally the data by totalling the number of
occurrences for each category being measured.
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