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