Four Questions that All State Legislatures Should be Asking to get Results

  1. How is our state doing on each respective result?
    • For each indicator, what is the historic baseline and what is your forecast (factoring in trends and any anticipated changes but otherwise assuming no significant addi – tional changes in our current level of effort in our state).
    • What other data (i.e., indicators) might we need in order to measure progress toward this result?
  2. What is the story behind the historic baselines and forecasts for the indicators?
    • Given what we know or can surmise about the result, what are the causes and forces at work (contributing and restraining) that explain our state’s current situation?
    • We are especially interested in your identification of the most significant “root causes” and in your prioritization of those causes in order of significance.
  3. What will it take to improve the current situation on the respective result?
    • What has worked elsewhere?
    • What do you think would work in our state (including actions of governmental and non-governmental partners and no cost and low cost actions)?
    • What could the legislature do?
    • What would be the most important elements of an integrated, multi-year strategy across agencies and in collaboration with national, state, and local partners in the public and private sectors?
  4. What do you propose to do to“turn the curve” of the indicators?
    • What is your integrated, multi-year strategy?
    • How will your strategy address the most significant root causes you identified in your analysis?
    • What will you be doing that is different?
    • How will you collaborate with your peers and community partners?
    • What is your timeline, deliverables and performance measures for the key elements of the strategy?
    • How much will it cost?

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