The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue only when we have a position addressing it. If the members have not studied and come to consensus on it, the League has no position and therefore cannot take action. Studies (whether national, state, or local) are a defined process lasting one to three years, during which we undertake thorough pursuit of facts and details, both positive and negative, and come to consensus about policy.
- Study Committee members fashion consensus questions that are then asked of the membership as part of a study kit. Kits often include articles, books, data in the form of charts and graphs, videos, suggested speakers, discussion questions, and other resources. Members use the study kit internally and often with their community to better understand the issue.
- Consensus is the overall decision-making process by which substantial agreement among members is reached on an issue. Often this happens over the course of several meetings, but may include surveys and other methods. If the members reach consensus, the board forms recommended positions based on that consensus. Those recommendations are submitted to the Study Committee.
- The Study Committee then reviews all the submissions. It works to form a consensus statement - the statement resulting from the consensus questions - that becomes a recommended position.
- That recommended position is then reviewed and voted on by our members (usually by delegates at our Convention). The proposal may be approved, amended, or be rejected at that time.
- If a position is adopted, firm action can then be taken on the particular issue addressed by the position. Without a position, action can not be taken on that issue.
Read the national Guidelines for LWVUS Studies.
Mental Health Studies
A study of Manitowoc County Mental Health Services with a focus on strengths and gaps.
- The Case for a Mental Health Court In Manitowoc County January 2022
- STUDY: Manitowoc County Mental Health Position Recommendations and Updates 2018
- March 2018 Mental Health Study Update
- Mental Health Study 2013
- Poverty and Addicition in Manitowoc County 2018
- Poverty In Our Midst 2018 Update
- Poverty and Addiction in Manitowoc County Study Report - Part One
- Preliminary Study Resources
- LWV of Ashland and Bayfield Counties Economic Inequality Study
Drug Treatment Court Study (2018 Update)
Ten-year update on the 2008 study regarding the need of a drug treatment court in Manitowoc County.
Privatization Study (2011-2012)
Scope of the Privatization Study: The purpose of this study is to identify those parameters and policy issues to be considered in connection with proposals to transfer federal, state or local government services, assets and/or functions to the private sector. It will review the stated goals and the community impact of such transfers, and identify strategies to ensure transparency, accountability, and preservation of the common good.
Organization: The committee will provide a history and background of privatization, a glossary of terms, legal issues to be considered when privatizing at different levels of government, current state regulations on privatizing and case studies on successful and unsuccessful privatizing efforts. Finally, the committee will provide suggested policies and parameters to be considered when privatizing.
- Public Library Privatization - A Case Study (page 6)
- Privatization of a Publicly Owned Waste Water Treatment Plant (page 7)
- Government Privatization: History, Examples, and Issues
- Paul Starr, The Meaning of Privatization, 6 Yale Law & Policy Review (1988).
- Privatization: A Seattle League Study
- Information/Timeline from National LWV
Public Education Study (2011)
- Common Core Standards
- Early Childhood Education
- Funding for Disadvantaged
- Funding Equity Issues
- History of Federal Role
Studies from across the nation are in our League of Women Voters Education Fund Clearinghouse for studies.