GFOA’s Research and Consulting Center (RCC) is nationally recognized for its comprehensive analytical and advisory services, as well as for research on issues specific to state and local governments’ financial, human resource, procurement, payroll and operational management. Since beginning operations in 1977, the RCC has assisted hundreds of cities, counties, public utilities; and other forms of government to create best practice solutions to meet their unique challenges.
RCC uses a unique combination of both "research" and "consulting" to leverage better outcomes. Our consultants engage in research to ensure we understand best practice, can advise clients based on data, and continually work to improve our services. Our researchers also engage in consulting projects to better understand the needs of local government. We fully understand that for recommendations to have value, they must be implemented and work to focus on pragmatic solutions to solve problems.
GFOA focuses on assisting governments with enterprise resource planning (ERP) projects, financial policy development, business process improvement, comprehensive assessments of the finance department, and risk-based models to inform decision making.
GFOA provides practitioner focused research to help governments with information on the most significant challenges facing local government.