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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Congressional Briefing on Building Readiness and Strengthening Resiliency to Combat Disasters and Emerging Threats

Congressional Briefing on Building Readiness and Strengthening Resiliency to Combat Disasters and Emerging Threats

On May 7, 2024, the NGA Public Health and Disaster Response Task Force held a congressional briefing on building readiness and resiliency to combat disasters and emerging threats including cyber, ...
Plans of Safe Care: Bridging the Gap for Families Affected by Substance Use Disorder

Plans of Safe Care: Bridging the Gap for Families Affected by Substance Use Disorder

On April 23, 2024, the National Governors Association Children and Families team hosted the monthly Human Services Policy Advisors Institute on state levers for implementing and monitoring plans of safe ...
NGA Convenes Six States to Explore Best Practices to Advance Disability Inclusive Workforce Policy

NGA Convenes Six States to Explore Best Practices to Advance Disability Inclusive Workforce Policy

As Governors work to confront an extremely tight labor market, efforts to reduce barriers to workforce participation and success are increasingly critical for filling in-demand jobs. A key pillar of ...
Governor McKee Hosts Statewide Event to Address Chronic Absenteeism

Governor McKee Hosts Statewide Event to Address Chronic Absenteeism

The National Governors Association (NGA) joined Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee, Always Learning Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Department of Education May 11 to hold a ceremony at the ...

Disagree Better

Americans need to disagree better. And by that we don’t mean that we need to be nicer to each other, although that’s helpful. We need to learn to disagree in a way that allows us to find solutions and solve problems instead of endlessly bickering.

The “exhausted majority” of Americans want this, and the science is clear about interventions that reduce polarization. As doers and builders, Governors are in a unique position to model what healthy conflict looks like.

Governor Spencer Cox’s Disagree Better NGA Chair’s initiative looks at the problems of polarization, elevates the solutions that groups around the country are already implementing, and features Governors showing what disagreeing better looks like. Through public debates, service projects, public service announcements and a variety of other tactics, Americans will see a more positive and optimistic way of working through our problems.

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Workforce Development in 2024 State of the State Addresses

Workforce Development in 2024 State of the State Addresses

Effective workforce development policy and programs are crucial for economic growth and healthy communities, especially during a tight labor market ...
Disagree Better – Architects, Not Arsonists

Disagree Better – Architects, Not Arsonists

Politicians work on policies that have real world impacts on the people they serve, and thus, political coverage tends to ...
Weaving State & Federal Manufacturing Support Strategies through Regional Consortia

Weaving State & Federal Manufacturing Support Strategies through Regional Consortia

The NGA Center and the American Manufacturing Communities Collaborative (AMCC) co-hosted a webinar on February 7 about how Governors can ...
NGA Convenes Network of Governors’ Infrastructure Implementation Coordinators

NGA Convenes Network of Governors’ Infrastructure Implementation Coordinators

Fresh off NGA’s 2024 Winter Meeting, the organization pulled together the latest in a series of workshops for Governors’ Infrastructure ...
State Education Trends for 2024

State Education Trends for 2024

The top trends across the early childhood, K-12, and postsecondary education continuum from Governors’ 2024 state addresses. Governors across the ...
First Spouses Convene at 2024 NGA Winter Meeting 

First Spouses Convene at 2024 NGA Winter Meeting 

Over the years, the role of First Spouse has evolved considerably, with the spouses and partners of Governors often using ...
State Strategies To Address The Impact Of Covid-19 On Maternal And Child Populations: Sustaining Equitable Community Supports

State Strategies To Address The Impact Of Covid-19 On Maternal And Child Populations: Sustaining Equitable Community Supports

This publication explores strategies Governors and state leaders employed to address the long-standing issues associated with equity in MCH populations ...
Governors Implement: On The Road To Infrastructure In West Virginia

Governors Implement: On The Road To Infrastructure In West Virginia

On Wednesday, February 28, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice assembled members of his cabinet and key state, local, and federal ...
Strategies for Supporting Effective Afterschool and Summer Learning & Enrichment Strategies

Strategies for Supporting Effective Afterschool and Summer Learning & Enrichment Strategies

This webinar showcases effective strategies and high quality models for afterschool and summer learning and enrichment programs. Governors across the ...
Winter Workforce Policy Institute Highlights the Importance of Workforce Planning and Innovation

Winter Workforce Policy Institute Highlights the Importance of Workforce Planning and Innovation

Last month, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) convened Governor-appointed workforce development policymakers in Washington, D.C ...
State Strategies for Addressing K-12 Student Needs

State Strategies for Addressing K-12 Student Needs

A series of conversations with subject matter experts, state education leaders, and practitioners to explore gubernatorial strategies for addressing students’ ...
Building and Empowering Impactful Children’s Cabinets

Building and Empowering Impactful Children’s Cabinets

On February 28, 2024, the National Governors Association Children & Families team hosted the monthly Human Services Policy Advisors Institute ...

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