The CGA Best Practices
Committee created a process for new practices and/or practice
modifications to be introduced to the committee, reviewed, and
potentially approved by the CGA. The committee receives
approximately 10-15 proposals annually for new practices or practice
revisions. The committee follows the process outlined below to
ensure each new practice or modification receives input from all CGA
Best Practices Flow Chart
In January 2003, the Best Practices Committee created a Best Practices Flow Chart to outline the
practice review process. The flow chart outlines the process used
by the CGA to ensure each new practice or modification receives input
from all CGA stakeholders.
The most likely steps (from the flow chart) to take a
practice from proposal to approval are outlined below.
- New practice or modification
is proposed using BP Proposal Forms.
- Proposal is added to the next
Best Practices Meeting Agenda.
- Committee reviews the proposal
and must reach consensus on moving forward with the review/investigation
- If yes to Step 3, the Best
Practices Committee assigns a transaction record (TR)
number and forms and ad-hoc committee to further research the
proposal. (See list of active and closed transaction
records at the bottom of this page).
- Ad-hoc committee further
researches the proposal and drafts Best Practice
- Draft language is distributed
to Best Practice Committee members for comment at least 30 days prior to
the next Best Practices committee meeting.
- Best Practices Committee
reviews the proposal at the next meeting. Each primary member (primary is the member appointed by a
stakeholder group to represent the group on that committee) obtains
feedback from their respective stakeholder group prior to the
committee votes on the proposal; and if the committee reaches consensus,
the new practice is forwarded to the CGA Board of Directors for final
Proposing a New Practice
To propose a new practice to the Best Practices committee, CGA
members must submit a new practice proposal form. Non-CGA members
should complete a form and contact the CGA office or a CGA member to
arrange for submission to the committee. Often, the committee
will require a presentation by the submitter or a sponsor on the Best
The new practice proposal form requires submitters
to include the following information:
- Purpose: Describe the purpose of the proposed
- Origin/Rationale: Briefly describe the
origin/rationale behind the practice proposal. Include any
examples of existing practices. (Remember, for a practice to be
considered a "Best Practice," it must already be in
- References: Provide references for any
existing practices cited in Origin/Rationale.
Proposing a Practice Revision
To propose a revision to an existing practice, CGA members must
submit a practice revision proposal form. The process
and proposal form for a revision are very similar to the "new practice
proposal." Review the "Proposing a New Practice" section above for