The guide contains four exercises:
- The first exercise provides a role-play to explore the match between a commission strategy and foundation goals and mission.
- The second exercise presents a template to plan a commission's membership, and assure that it contains a balanced and diverse group of decisionmakers.
- The third exercise involves creating a "History of the Future" to identify the combination of elements that lead to a successful commission.
- The fourth exercise offers a series of questions to help a foundation staff person prepare to work with a media consultant to promote a commission's work.
Following the exercises, a resource page contains Nittoli's checklist to help funders assess their readiness to launch a policy commission.