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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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 ...
Roundtable on Energy Resilience and Security for Territories and Islanded Communities

Roundtable on Energy Resilience and Security for Territories and Islanded Communities

Every aspect of modern life depends on a reliable, affordable supply of energy. Energy powers our telecommunications networks, fuels our vehicles, and keeps the lights on and equipment working at ...
Disagree Better Panelists Highlight Ways to Help Students Have Healthier Conversations

Disagree Better Panelists Highlight Ways to Help Students Have Healthier Conversations

On May 14, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee hosted NGA Chair Utah Governor Spencer Cox for a convening in Nashville in support of Governor Cox’s NGA Chair’s Initiative: Disagree Better. Disagree ...

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

Early Care and Education Workforce Cohort I Policy Outcomes

From May 2016 – June 2017, the NGA Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) provided technical assistance and grants to ...
Policy Academy on Scaling Work-Based Learning: Knowledge Exchange Learning Lab

Policy Academy on Scaling Work-Based Learning: Knowledge Exchange Learning Lab

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) held a learning lab exploring strategies states can use to ...

Water Energy Nexus in State Retreat for the state of Tennessee

Agenda Presentations The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted the first a Water Energy Nexus in ...

Building Inclusive Talent Pipelines for People with Disabilities

May 9-10, 2018 | Madison, WI The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) held a Learning Lab ...

Reducing Childhood Hunger: A Toolkit For Governors and First Spouses

Summary Governors recognize the importance of ensuring that children have regular access to healthy meals. Child nutrition is vital to ...

Parents And Children Thriving Together: Two-Generation State Policy Network Midpoint Meeting

March 19-20, 2018 | New Brunswick, NJ Two-generation strategies seek to promote children’s learning and healthy development while simultaneously promoting ...

State Lead-By-Example Policy Workshop

March 19-20, 2018 | Washington, DC The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted a Lead-by-Example (LBE) ...

School Safety and Prevention (March 2018)

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

Rural Health Learning Collaborative: Improving Heart Health in Rural America

March 6-7, 2018 | Washington, DC The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) Health Division hosted a ...

What States Must Consider Before Assuming Clean Water Act §404 Authority to Regulate Alteration of Wetlands

Speakers will address the benefits to states for assuming Clean Water Act §404 authority and the challenges including the need ...
Cybersecurity Newsletters 2018-2021

Cybersecurity Newsletters 2018-2021

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Financing an Equitable and High-Quality System: Investing in Early Learning

Financing an Equitable and High-Quality System: Investing in Early Learning

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

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