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July 07, 2016

Finding Solutions to the Prescription Opioid and Heroin Crisis: A Road Map for States

Developed by the NGA Center through extensive consultation with senior state officials and other national experts, the road map is a tool to help states respond to the growing opioid crisis.


April 13, 2016

Cleaning Up America’s Nuclear Weapons Complex: 2015 Update for Governors

NGA’s new report Cleaning Up America’s Nuclear Weapons Complex: 2015 Update for Governors takes a look at the important role governors play in overseeing the nuclear cleanup effort by ensuring the DOE, their partner in the effort, adopts responsible disposal decisions that are coordinated with states.


March 02, 2016

Top Trends in State Economic Development

NGA’s new paper Revisiting Top Trends in State Economic Development takes a look at the policies and programs states can implement to accelerate economic growth and create jobs.


January 15, 2016

A Governor’s Guide to Criminal Justice

A Governor’s Guide to Criminal Justice is a tool for governors and their criminal justice policy advisors to use when implementing effective policies and programs in areas such as corrections, parole and probation and juvenile justice.


January 11, 2016

Medicaid Health Care Purchasing Compendium

The Medicaid Health Care Purchasing Compendium is a reference guide for states facing the ongoing challenge of managing the costs of their Medicaid programs while ensuring beneficiaries have access to quality health care.


October 29, 2015

Health Investments that Pay Off: Strategies to Improve Oral Health

Governors who want to address oral health needs should consider interventions that show strong evidence of improving oral health outcomes.


October 27, 2015

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.


September 23, 2015

Using Data to Better Serve the Most Complex Patients

Across the country, health care systems continue to grapple with how best to serve patients with the greatest needs.


August 26, 2015

Tackling Intergenerational Poverty: How Governors Can Advance Coordinated Services for Low-Income Parents and Children

Governors are in a unique position to align programs and policies for children and their parents through “two-generation” strategies since they oversee most of the state and federal programs for low-income families.


August 24, 2015

Tracking Graduates in the Workforce: Connecting Education and Labor Market Data

Governors play a central role in ensuring that public educational institutions provide students with the knowledge and abilities required for a successful life and career.