Databases of laws, policies, litigation, and initiatives should be referenced to decide the appropriate action and prepare the case.  A broad range of databases and resources provide legal and legislative information from many jurisdictions around the world for deciding the desired results, determining the best course of action, and identifying potential allies.

Part of strategic planning and action management is awareness of the resources and the future environment to successfully respond to changes. An accessible and constantly updated database of quality information should be used in the decision-making process and to assess the strengths, weaknesses and performance that will highlight the critical issues to be addressed in the strategic plan.