Study Process

The Commission relies on a six-step comprehensive study process to gather information and consider ways to promote economy, efficiency and improved service in state government. The Commission’s open process creates an opportunity for the public to participate in the policy discourse.

1. Select Study Topic

The Commissioners select study topics that come to their attention from citizens, legislators, their own experiences and other sources.

Over the course of a year, the Commission selects three to five issues to explore in depth, and also revisits issues raised in previous studies.Select Study Topic

2. Research

Under the direction of a subcommittee of Commissioners, staff conducts research by collecting data, reviewing research others have performed and consulting with experts and those most closely affected by the targeted topic.

The Commission seeks out successful leaders and model state, national and global programs for ideas and best practices.

3. Convene

Based on preliminary staff research, the Commission subcommittee identifies key issues and oversees the creation of public hearings and advisory committee meetings to explore all sides of the issues in an open setting.

This public setting creates a forum for dialogue, collaboration and exploration of ideas from various perspectives. The Commission receives input from public officials, experts, advocates and other stakeholders.

The Commission also makes site visits to talk directly with people involved in the study area.

4. Analyze and Deliberate

Once the Commission has fully explored the study field and engaged in a public process, the subcommittee and staff draft potential findings and recommendations that focus on the key issues.

The draft report is then submitted to the full Commission for its consideration.

5. Adopt Report

The Commission, as a whole, may make changes before adopting and releasing the final report.

Once the Commission has collectively reached an agreement on the report’s findings and recommendations, the Commissioners vote to adopt the report.

All Commission reports are sent to the Governor and Legislature for their consideration.

6. Implement

To encourage the implementation of its reports, the Commission engages in the following activities:

  • Meetings and Presentations: Commission staff routinely meets with legislative and executive branch officials to encourage or assist them with implementation efforts. Commissioners and senior staff do media interviews and make public presentations, appearing before associations, local government agencies and legislative committees.
  • Legislation: The Commission supports a number of bills that are based on or influenced by the Commission’s work. The Commission’s chair and senior staff testify at legislative hearings and work with legislative staff and interest groups to advance bills. The Commission does not oppose bills that are contrary to its recommendations.
  • Follow-up letters and hearings: As deemed necessary, Commissioners revisit study topics to monitor progress made and consider whether additional review is needed.