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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Disagree Better Speakers Share Tips for Constructive Disagreement

Disagree Better Speakers Share Tips for Constructive Disagreement

“Be curious before deciding to be furious.” Delivering a keynote address at the Nashville Disagree Better convening, Moral Courage Network’s Founder and CEO Irshad Manji summed up the message at ...
Membership Monthly – May 2024

Membership Monthly – May 2024

Updates from the NGA Membership Team for May 2024. For more about the programs below and a list of upcoming events please email us at: membership@nga.org. May Spotlight Nation’s Governors ...
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 ...

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

Mid-Course Workshop of the Policy Academy on Power Sector Modernization

November 29–December 1, 2017 | Orlando, FL The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted the Mid-Course ...

Powering Up: State Trends for Advancing the Use of Energy Storage

Advanced energy storage technologies are transforming the U.S. electric power market to one that is more resilient, cleaner and more ...

Intergovernmental Meeting with the U.S. Department of Energy

November 15–17, 2017 | San Antonio, TX The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted the 16th ...
Grid Smarts: State Considerations for Adopting Grid Modernization Technologies

Grid Smarts: State Considerations for Adopting Grid Modernization Technologies

Governors can guide the consideration of trade-offs in adopting grid modernization technologies by setting clear policy goals and ensuring that ...
Maternal and Child Health Update 2016

Maternal and Child Health Update 2016

Health care costs continue to rise around the country, and so states are looking for ways to reduce spending while ...

Nuclear Energy Webinar Series

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted a webinar series on nuclear energy. As nuclear power ...

Human Capital Learning Lab

October 23–24, 2017 | New Orleans, LA The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted the Human ...

Transportation Electrification Webinar Training Series

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted a webinar series on converging trends in transportation electrification ...

Energy Innovation Summit

October 4–5, 2017 | Denver, CO The world is changing rapidly, with innovative technologies affecting our way of life and ...

State Approaches to Implementing Community-Based Alternatives to Incarceration for Youth Involved in the Justice System

In many states, governors have led bipartisan juvenile justice reform to improve youth outcomes and public safety. Guiding those efforts ...

2017 Policy Institute for Governors’ Human Services Advisors

September 25–27, 2017 | Baltimore, MD The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted a policy advisors' ...
State Strategies for Venture Capital and Rural Development

State Strategies for Venture Capital and Rural Development

This webinar featured model rural programs from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s State Small Business Credit Initiative. It was ...

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