Establishment of Committee
The study is conducted by a committee selected expressly for that purpose. A careful search and selection process is followed to assemble an impartial committee of the highest competence and with the necessary range of expertise.
Information Gathering & Analysis
The committee meets several times to gather input, deliberate, and prepare a report. Information is also gathered and discussed between meetings.
The report is the product of a consensus-building process. Several drafts are often required to produce a report that clearly presents the committee’s conclusions and recommendations.
The report is peer reviewed using guidelines established by IAC to help ensure the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the committee task. The review of the report is overseen by individuals appointed by the IAC, who are responsible for ensuring that all review comments were carefully considered.
The revised report is approved for release by the IAC. Responsibility for the final content of the report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the IAC.