Our Study Process

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) applies the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's rigorous research process, which has been developed to provide objective and straightforward answers to difficult questions of national importance.

Our studies are carried out by committees selected to ensure members have the requisite expertise and to avoid conflicts of interest. The committee’s task is developed in collaboration with the study’s sponsor, which may be a government agency, a foundation, or an independent organization. Once the statement of task and budget are finalized, the committee works independently to come to consensus on the questions raised.

While committees may gather information from many sources in public meetings, they carry out their deliberations in private in order to avoid any external influence. As a final check for quality and objectivity, all NAE reports undergo an independent external review by a second, independent group of experts whose comments are provided anonymously to the committee members. These reviewers comments are addressed by the committee prior to the final release of the report.