Research and Standards Committee

Chair: Wesley Marshall, Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission

Vice Chair: Lisa Anne Bickford, Coventry

IAIABC Staff Liaison: Heather Lore

Board of Directors Liaisons: Mark Long, Michigan Workers' Disability

Compensation Agency and Ann Shannon, Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation

The Research and Standards Committee exists to identify objective, accurate and comparable approaches to working with data from multiple jurisdictions; provide tools, information and research that helps jurisdictions identify best practices in the fields of occupational health, medicine, disability management, indemnity benefits and rehabilitation; establish benchmarks that gauge progress towards the goals of effective workers' compensation systems; and periodically survey and compile information that allows meaningful comparison of workers' compensation systems so that jurisdictions are able to evaluate their own system performance in relation to other jurisdictions.

Current Projects

  • Examining the relevance and applicability of the 19 Essential Recommendations from the 1972 National Commission and comparing to the findings of the 2016 IAIABC National Conversations on the Future of Workers' Compensation  
  • Working on the Claims Measures Survey; the Survey is collecting meaningful claims statistics to assist jurisdictions with internal benchmarking and provide another resource for understanding workers' compensation claims characteristics

Committee Member Area

Official committee members can continue to the Research and Standards Committee: Member Area for the member directory, upcoming calls, and Committee materials.