Rules of Participation
The Rules of Participation for the state review process were adopted in 2000. They establish criteria for the selection and conduct of participants, establish a process for the resolution of disputes, and set the schedule of events once a state volunteers to be reviewed. The complete rules are available as a downloadable document:
Participating in State Reviews
The state assigns a key person to be the contact person for the exchanges of information. That key person coordinates the various state agency responses to a questionnaire and arranges for the availability of appropriate individuals from the involved agencies for the in-state portion of the review.
Review team members are nominated and approved by the STRONGER Board. Team membership is balanced among the stakeholder groups. The Board provides training on the state review process.
The review team members familiarizes themselves with responses to the questionnaire and supporting material provided to them prior to the in-state portion of the review. The in-state review, conducted over several days, is open to the public. State personnel explain the program elements and review team members ask questions to clarify their understanding of state requirements. Individual review team members are responsible for taking the lead in comparing the state program against specific portions of the STRONGER guidelines, and for drafting portions of a written report of the review. Review team members meet in executive session to develop findings and recommendations.
The findings and recommendations are included in the report of the review. Team members strive for consensus in the report. Recommendations are based on the guidelines. The draft report is circulated to the state and observers for review and comment and to assure that descriptions of the program are accurate and complete. The review team considers comments when developing the final report, which is sent to the STRONGER Board for approval for publication and distribution.