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NGA Center for Best Practices

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) develops innovative solutions to today's most pressing public policy challenges and is the only research and development firm that directly serves the nation's governors.


Center Divisions

States Drive Systems Change Through Two-Generation Strategies

The National Governors Association announced that five states have been selected to participate in an opportunity to create two-generation strategies for systems change.



Expanding Student Success: A Primer on Competency-Based Education from Kindergarten through Higher Education

The education system of the United States is not adequately preparing a large proportion of its students for college, career-training and, ultimately, jobs that provide enough income to support a middle class standard of living.

States Strengthen Energy Infrastructure

In two new papers from the National Governors Association, strategies to enhance energy planning and response, as well as storage, are explored.



NGA Helps Washington Secure Medicaid Waiver Approval

Under a new federal Medicaid waiver, Washington will receive up to $1.1 billion in new federal funds to support and incentivize regional community-based initiatives that will improve health outcomes while reducing health care costs.

States Stem Opioid Overdose Through Information Sharing

Four states—Delaware, Minnesota, New Mexico and Rhode Island—will participate in a learning lab on improving data-collection efforts and information sharing between law enforcement and public health officials as a way to combat opioid overdoses.