Studies (whether national, state, or local) are a defined process lasting one to three years, during which we undertake a meticulous study of a policy or issue of concern thorough pursuit of facts and details, both positive and negative. The successful completion of the process produces a position which allows us to take action/advocacy.
The Study Process
Committee members compile information on the identified subject of study and develop consensus questions which are then asked of the full membership as part of a study kit. (Consensus is the overall decision-making process by which substantial agreement among members is reached on an issue.)
If League members reach consensus, the committee, with board approval, analyzes the answers to the questions and forms a position statement based on that consensus. It is this consensus statement that becomes a "position." Firm action or advocacy can then be taken on the particular issue addressed by the position. Without a position, action/advocacy cannot be taken on that issue.
See all positions of the League of Women Voters which were developed after study.