Plan Structure and Design Resources

Designing a defined contribution plan that successfully provides participants with adequate retirement income can be challenging, as no single plan design is best for all situations. To assist plan sponsors with difficult plan design decisions, NAGDCA has compiled past publications, conference presentations, webinars, survey data and more.

Explore our plan design resources below and be sure to check back frequently for newly added items. 

Best Practice Guide

NAGDCA’s Plan Structure and Design best practice guide reviews choices with respect to some of the key services and features that can be incorporated into your plan, as well as some considerations for establishing or modifying your plan’s investment menu. 

Click here to view the guide or click below to jump to a section.

Resource Downloads


Download NAGDCA publications on the topics of plan design, investment structures, plan features and more. 

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View a collection of presentations and recordings from NAGDCA’s past annual conferences and webinars. 

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Best Practices

Award Winning Work

NAGDCA annually awards state and local members who display excellence and innovation in the area of plan design. Access the award winning entries to learn more about the work of your fellow plan sponsors. 

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Survey Data

NAGDCA gathers core plan information from members through the annual benchmarking survey as well as supplemental surveys. Explore findings from surveys regarding investment advice, plan features, and more. 

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Member Forums

Utilize discussion threads in our member forums to reach out to our robust network of plan sponsors to request advice and guidance. Or simply enter your topic of interest in the forum search bar to explore past discussion threads and shared documents.