Guideline

A guideline is a statement by which to determine a course of action. A guideline aims to streamline particular processes according to a set routine or sound practice. By definition, following a guideline is never mandatory. Guidelines are not binding and are not enforced. ( U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, http://www.va.gov/trm/TRMGlossaryPage.asp )

Guidelines may be issued by and used by any organization (governmental or private) to make the actions of its employees or divisions more predictable, and presumably of higher quality.

Examples or guidelines are:

  • EASE Guidelines for Authors and Translators of Scientific Articles
  • Federal Sentencing Guidelines
  • Guidelines for Examination in the European Patent Office
  • Medical guidelines
  • Human interface guidelines
  • Programming style guidelines
  • UNGEGN Toponymic Guidelines

Other articles related to "guideline, guidelines":

British Thoracic Society - Guidelines
... The production of evidence-based Guidelines for good clinical practice lies at the heart of the Society’s work ... Guidelines are produced by multidisciplinary groups working under the auspices of the Society’s Standards of Care Committee, and are published in the journal Thorax ... The British Guideline for the Management of Asthma, produced jointly by BTS and SIGN, enjoys international recognition and is updated annually ...
Speech Interface Guideline
... Speech interface guideline is a guideline with the aim for guiding decisions and criteria regarding designing interfaces operated by human voice ... The guideline suggests the solution which is able to satisfy the users (customers) ... The goal of the guideline is to make an automated transaction at least as attractive and efficient as interacting with an attendant ...
Guidelines International Network - History
... Collaboration for the quality of clinical practice guidelines, an organised network for organisations and experts working in the field of evidence-based ... Guideline experts called for international standardized guideline methods, and information exchange in this field ... Against this background the Guidelines International Network G-I-N was founded in November 2002 in Paris with Günter Ollenschläger as founding chairman ...
Beijing Consensus - Joshua Cooper Ramo
... In this paper, he laid out three broad guidelines for economic development ... The first guideline involves a "commitment to innovation and constant experimentation." One of the major criticisms of the Washington Consensus is its complacency ... The second guideline states that Per Capita Income (GDP/capita) should not be the lone measure of progress ...