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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NGA Welcomes 6 States into Youth Mental Health Policy Academy

NGA Welcomes 6 States into Youth Mental Health Policy Academy

Alabama, Hawai`i, Kentucky, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Virginia will participate in the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) Policy Academy to Drive Thriving Youth Mental Health and ...
First Spouses Hold Meeting to Raise Awareness of Overdose Prevention Initiatives

First Spouses Hold Meeting to Raise Awareness of Overdose Prevention Initiatives

At NGA’s 2024 Winter Meeting, the nation’s First Spouses joined together in a session to raise awareness about overdose prevention initiatives and to receive training on how to use naloxone, ...
State of the State – 2024

State of the State – 2024

Governors of states, territories and commonwealths are outlining their priorities for 2024 in state of the state or commonwealth addresses, as well as inaugural addresses for new and re-elected Governors ...
Working Together for All Americans

Working Together for All Americans

In addition to sharing best practices with one another, the NGA Winter Meeting’s location in Washington, DC also offers Governors the opportunity to engage with officials across the federal government ...

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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Leading State Approaches and Communication Strategies to Support Health Equity

Leading State Approaches and Communication Strategies to Support Health Equity

This brief describes innovative approaches and communication strategies states and territories are using to address health equity needs. (Download) Governors ...
Disagree Better Speakers Explore the Question: What Do Universities Owe Democracy?

Disagree Better Speakers Explore the Question: What Do Universities Owe Democracy?

“Too many of our young people think this is the only way we do politics. They assume this is normal ...
Policy Academy to Drive Thriving Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing

Policy Academy to Drive Thriving Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing

The NGA Center for Best Practices Children and Families team is excited to announce the Policy Academy to Drive Thriving ...
Discussing Youth Mental Health at the 2023 Jed Policy Summit

Discussing Youth Mental Health at the 2023 Jed Policy Summit

NGA’s Jess Kirchner and Jillian Meinhardt highlighted the importance of youth mental health at The Jed Foundation’s 2023 Jed Policy ...
Strategies for Increasing Timely Permanency in the Child Welfare System

Strategies for Increasing Timely Permanency in the Child Welfare System

On November 29th, the National Governors Association Children and Families team hosted the monthly Human Services Policy Advisors Institute Call ...
State Longitudinal Data Ecosystem

State Longitudinal Data Ecosystem

The National Governors Association in partnership with the Data Quality Campaign is working with states in a new learning ecosystem ...
Disagree Better Panelists Highlight Ways to Teach Students of All Ages about Healthy Conflict and Free Expression

Disagree Better Panelists Highlight Ways to Teach Students of All Ages about Healthy Conflict and Free Expression

NGA Chair Utah Governor Spencer Cox and Vice Chair Colorado Governor Jared Polis welcomed Montana Governor Greg Gianforte and Oklahoma ...
Giving Thanks, Giving Back

Giving Thanks, Giving Back

The research is clear that participating in service activities generates a host of benefits – for communities and for volunteers ...
Building Systems for Success: Key Considerations for Youth Apprenticeship System Design

Building Systems for Success: Key Considerations for Youth Apprenticeship System Design

In most states, youth apprenticeship systems are relatively new and are still evolving in response to the needs of students, ...
Lessons From the World’s High-Performing Education Systems

Lessons From the World’s High-Performing Education Systems

A Conversation With Andreas Schleicher of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. In this NGA webinar conversation, Andreas Schleicher, ...
Service as a Pathway to Economic Opportunity: A Roadmap for Governors

Service as a Pathway to Economic Opportunity: A Roadmap for Governors

This roadmap lays out five key elements with related policy options for Governors to consider as they develop and execute ...
Healthcare Delivery Topics Explored at the 2023 Governors’ Health and Human Services Advisors Institute

Healthcare Delivery Topics Explored at the 2023 Governors’ Health and Human Services Advisors Institute

In October 2023, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted the Governors’ Health and Human Services ...

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