The Quality Assurance Task Force (QATF), an advisory group formed to assist the Executive Director of the Office of Public Defense Services in monitoring and improving the quality of public defense services in Oregon, has identified the policies and practices set forth in the document Best Practices for Oregon Public Defense Providers
as a means to achieve excellence in public defense services. The recommended best practices are an outgrowth of the QATF's principle work of advising the Executive Director on the conduct of peer evaluations of public defense providers. The recommendations, which evolve as the peer review process continues to identify policies and practices in use around the state that can be recommended to other providers, is neither a comprehensive description of a successful public defense provider management plan nor a recommendation for an inflexible "one-size-fits-all" plan. Rather, these are current practices that the QATF has identified as contributing to the achievement of excellence in public defense practice.