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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New Parenting Toolkit Helps Families Learn Ways to Disagree Better

New Parenting Toolkit Helps Families Learn Ways to Disagree Better

At the Nashville convening of the Disagree Better Initiative scholars from the Wheatley Institute at Brigham Young University and from Utah State University Extension unveiled Disagree Better: A Parenting Toolkit, ...
NGA Wraps Up Third Broadband Leaders Workshop in Kansas 

NGA Wraps Up Third Broadband Leaders Workshop in Kansas 

NGA hosted its third Broadband Leaders Workshop, June 3-5, in Overland Park, Kansas. Over 60 broadband leaders from around 40 states and territories came together with federal officials, internet service ...
CJPA Briefing on Considerations for Women in Correctional Settings

CJPA Briefing on Considerations for Women in Correctional Settings

On Thursday, May 23rd, the National Governors Association (NGA) hosted its monthly briefing for the Criminal Justice Policy Advisors (CJPA) network. The briefing discussed policy considerations for women in state ...
Governor Cox and Governor Lee on Disagreeing Better

Governor Cox and Governor Lee on Disagreeing Better

In May, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee hosted a convening in Nashville for Utah Governor Cox’s NGA Chair’s Initiative: Disagree Better. The theme of the meeting was building dialogue skills and ...

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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Center for Best Practices Library

Water Infrastructure Law A Victory for Governors

The National Governors Association statement applauding the signing of S. 3021, America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 ...
Early Care and Education Workforce 2.0 Cross-State Convening

Early Care and Education Workforce 2.0 Cross-State Convening

The National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices, in partnership with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), ...

Smarter States, Smarter Communities Learning Lab

The National Governors Association convened representatives from five states to participate in the Smarter States, Smarter Communities Learning Lab to ...
Policy Academy on Scaling Work-Based Learning: Second Cross-State Meeting

Policy Academy on Scaling Work-Based Learning: Second Cross-State Meeting

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted the second policy academy cross-state meeting focused on assisting ...

What States Should Know: Practical Applications of Blockchain in Energy

A conversation with David Livingston, Deputy Director at the Atlantic Council and lead author of the report: Applying Blockchain Technology ...

Energy Efficiency Experts Roundtable

The National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices held an Energy Efficiency Experts Roundtable in Washington D.C. with 30 ...
School Safety and Prevention Webinar

School Safety and Prevention Webinar

The National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices Education, Health, and Homeland Security & Public Safety divisions held a ...
Governors Education Policy Advisors Institute 2018

Governors Education Policy Advisors Institute 2018

The National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices convened experts from 19 states, one territory and one international delegation ...

2018 Annual Water Policy Institute

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted the 2018 Annual Water Policy Institute in San Francisco, ...
Using Emergency Declarations to Address the Opioid Epidemic

Using Emergency Declarations to Address the Opioid Epidemic

The white paper is a result of a roundtable discussion that was held last fall with states that had declared ...

States Expand Employment and Training Opportunities for People with Disabilities

This white paper was developed by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) as part of its ...

2018 Policy Institute for Governors’ Human Services Advisors

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) Economic Opportunity Division hosted a multi-state Policy Institute as a ...

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