The CGA relies on members to keep the Best Practices a living document. Remember, a best practices must be in use to be considered a "best" practice.
The CGA best practices outlined in the Common Ground Study were not intended to constitute a static model. In contrast, the best practices were intended to evolve over time as more was learned and as technology advanced. In addition, the participants involved in the original Study expected that there likely would be additional best practices developed by the interested participants.
Therefore, 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.
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 flow chart) followed to take a practice from proposal to approval are outlined below.
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 Practices Committee.
The new practice proposal form requires submitters to include the following information:
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."