NGA CENTER FOR BEST PRACTICES

The NGA Center for Best Practices teams and divisions develop innovative solutions to today’s most pressing public policy challenges. The center is the only research and development firm that directly serves the nation’s governors.

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Governors’ Initiatives To Enhance Planning, Delivery And Success Of Major Infrastructure Projects

Governors’ Initiatives To Enhance Planning, Delivery And Success Of Major Infrastructure Projects

This document serves as a reference guide to demonstrate how Governors are thinking about infrastructure investments holistically, organizing their administrations to yield success, building partnerships to leverage funding and financing, ...
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State of the States: Student and School Staff Health and Wellness

State of the States: Student and School Staff Health and Wellness

During their State of the State addresses in 2022, Governors highlighted the need for increased social, emotional, mental, and behavioral health supports for students and school staff. By Catherine Van ...
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Making the Business Case for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Making the Business Case for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At the 2022 NGA Winter Workforce Symposium, State workforce development leaders engaged with business leaders and subject matter experts on the benefits of advancing equitable employment for underserved and marginalized ...
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Empowering Returning Citizens to Connect to Higher Education and Employment Opportunities

Empowering Returning Citizens to Connect to Higher Education and Employment Opportunities

The 2022 NGA Winter Workforce Symposium Highlight featured a session on empowering people leaving prison in the workforce through connecting them to higher education and employment opportunities. by Rachel Hirsch ...
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2021-2022 CHAIRMAN’S INITIATIVE

COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION

Jobs that require computer science skills and knowledge will only continue to grow during the 21st century. Especially as more remote working opportunities arise, state leaders want to ensure that graduates have the skills they need to find high-paying jobs without leaving the state. Governors are leading the charge to identify best practices in expanding access to computer science education in K-12 schools across the country. Governor Hutchinson’s Initiative focuses on expanding access to computer science opportunities, including how to ensure equitable access to computer science education.

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State Targeted Violence Prevention: Programming & Key Performance Indicators

State Targeted Violence Prevention: Programming & Key Performance Indicators

A resource to develop communities statewide that are well-equipped to prevent targeted violence. (Download) State Targeted Violence Prevention The following ...
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Learning Lab on State Strategies for Managing the Type 2 Diabetes Landscape

Learning Lab on State Strategies for Managing the Type 2 Diabetes Landscape

Maryland, Alabama, Alaska and Delaware are working with the National Governors Association on policies to advance the type 2 diabetes ...
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Vaccine with Confidence Learning Lab

Vaccine with Confidence Learning Lab

National Governors Association (NGA) is working with four states - Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan and North Dakota- on a learning lab ...
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Using Data to Advance Digital Skills: A State Playbook

Using Data to Advance Digital Skills: A State Playbook

To assist states in closing digital skill gaps and preparing for digital equity planning, this brief offers key questions and ...
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White House Infrastructure Webinars

White House Infrastructure Webinars

The White House is hosting a series of webinars for implementation stakeholders to provide an in-depth look into the programs ...
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Governors’ 2022 Health Priorities

Governors’ 2022 Health Priorities

Governors have put forth defined plans and made their vision for improving the health of their state or territory clear ...
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Help Wanted: Building a Pipeline to Address the Children’s Mental Health Provider Workforce Shortage

Help Wanted: Building a Pipeline to Address the Children’s Mental Health Provider Workforce Shortage

There is no silver bullet for the mental health crisis but reducing workforce shortages of these critical providers can go ...
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State of the States: Academic Supports

State of the States: Academic Supports

Governors discussed the impact of interrupted instruction on K-12 students and highlighted plans for additional academic supports, including afterschool and ...
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Governors’ Top Priorities for Supporting Children and Families In 2022 State of the State Addresses

Governors’ Top Priorities for Supporting Children and Families In 2022 State of the State Addresses

Across states, Governors’ cited their commitment to strengthening families and communities. By Isabella Cuneo In the wake of the COVID-19 ...
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Webinar:  Education Trends in 2022 State of the State Addresses

Webinar: Education Trends in 2022 State of the State Addresses

NGA partnered with Education Commission of the States (ECS) to produce a report summarizing Governors’ top education priorities as outlined ...
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State Efforts to Improve the Continuum of Care for Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Use Disorder

State Efforts to Improve the Continuum of Care for Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Use Disorder

Lessons Learned from the National Governors Association Substance Use Disorder Learning Collaborative in Six States (Download) Executive Summary In June ...
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Postsecondary Education In 2022 State Of The State Addresses

Postsecondary Education In 2022 State Of The State Addresses

Funding, student support, apprenticeships and diverse career pathways were the most common focuses, but other issues including mental health, broadband ...
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