Checklist vs. Check Sheet

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What is the difference between a Checklist and a Check Sheet?

Check Sheet

The check sheet is a form (document) used to collect data in real time at the location where the data is generated. The data it captures can be quantitative or qualitative. When the information is quantitative, the check sheet is sometimes called a tally sheet.
The check sheet is one of the seven basic quality tools.


While the check sheet is for capturing and categorizing observations, the checklist is intended as a mistake-proofing aid when carrying out multi-step procedures, particularly during the auditing, checking and finishing of process outputs.

A checklist is a list of items that need to be done before starting work on any project, task, activity etc. In addition to saving time, a checklist helps ensure that important details get covered during the process. 

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