Making formal recommendations is one of the primary activities of the Administrative Conference. The Conference’s research and the resulting recommendations are conducted through our Project Process. The process includes: gathering and selecting ideas for a project, getting Council approval, selecting the researcher, having the researcher’s report considered by a committee, having the selected committee formulate a recommendation, having a committee’s recommendation considered by the Council and then the full Conference membership, and then implementation activities. Recommendations are adopted by the voting members of the Conference at semi-annual plenary sessions.
On occasion, the Conference membership has acted to adopt a “Statement” to express its views on a particular matter without making a formal recommendation on the subject. Conference statements are typically the product of the same process that leads to recommendations, but may set forth issues, conclusions from a study, or comments, rather than recommendations. During the Conference’s prior history, from 1968 through 1995, it adopted 17 such statements, which are included in the searchable database of recommendations.