NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF STATE LEGISLATURES KENTUCKY GENERAL ASSEMBLY PROPOSAL 2
Study Methodology: LRC Staff Review
NCSL has developed a proven methodology for the conduct of legislative studies. In this project, NCSL will combine several assessment tools and activities to analyze LRC staffing and operations. These tools and activities will include:
Clarification of study goals and objectives
: The study team will meet with legislative leaders and senior staff at the outset of the project to ensure that planned activities are aligned with legislative goals for the work. The team will continue close consultation with these stakeholders throughout the project, including submission of an interim report outlining project progress and preliminary findings.
In-depth, structured in-person Interviews
: NCSL's methodology depends heavily on information and opinion gathered through structured interviews with members and staff. The study team will spend the bulk of its on-site time conducting these confidential interviews.
Member and staff surveys
: NCSL will distribute, compile and analyze two surveys. An all-legislator
survey will measure members’ satisfaction with LRC staff services and identify areas that ne
ed improvement. A survey of all staff will gather information on management practices and related issues. In addition to gathering valuable information, these surveys will ensure that all legislators and staff will have an opportunity to provide input on the study, even though we will not be able to interviews all of them.
Collection of relevant data, products and policies
: The study team will collect staffing data, reports, manuals and other materials relevant to the project. NCSL's unique expertise on state legislatures allows it to compare these items to products, policies and practices in other states and to accepted standards of practice.
Proposed Project Time Line: LRC Staff Review
This project can begin in January 2014 with a final report submitted on or before April 25, 2014.
Travel to Frankfort to meet with legislative leaders and legislative staff managers to conduct initial interviews and to brief all staff of the LRC about the project.
Gather data and materials on current staff organization, policies and practices.
Collect comparable, relevant data from other state legislatures.
Review results of initial interviews and data collection and revise, as necessary, planned project activities and strategies.
Develop and distribute surveys to Kentucky legislators and staff.