Research is an essential function of the Iowa Business Council. Our members compile a global, nonpartisan perspective of the economy which ultimately drives our initiatives. The Council's research provides insight on Iowa's business climate and how the state is competing nationally. This information serves as a great resource for policymakers, business leaders, and every day Iowans. Our members utilize this data to identify ways to elevate Iowa's economy and advance the state. Currently, the Council releases two major pieces of research - the Economic Outlook Survey and Iowa's Competitive Dashboard. The Economic Outlook Survey has been released quarterly since 2004. The Iowa's Competitive Dashboard, formerly known as the Iowa Competitiveness Index, started in 2011 and is released annually.