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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Center for Best Practices Library

The Role of Geographic Information Systems in State Energy Assurance Planning and Response

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted a webcast on geographic information systems (GIS) tools and ...

Cleaning Up America’s Nuclear Weapons Complex: 2015 Update for Governors

Governors play an important role in the nuclear cleanup effort by ensuring that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), their ...

Small Business and Cybersecurity

Virtually any small business relies on technology and an Internet connection to thrive in today’s hyper-competitive, digital economy. Consequently, small ...

A Compact to Improve State Cybersecurity

The foremost duty of every governor is to safeguard the public safety and welfare of its residents; that includes protecting ...

Cybercrime: What Can A Governor Do?

The state and local officials that comprise the homeland security and public safety community must confront all hazards to the ...

Building a Cybersecurity Workforce Pipeline

States confront four interrelated challenges to building, recruiting, and retaining a cybersecurity workforce. First, many companies are unable to find ...

Cybersecurity in the Education Sector

Although frequently omitted from conversations about cybersecurity, K-12 schools and institutions of higher education are under assault from so-called hacktivists, ...

Securing Election Infrastructure

The people of the United States are committed to free and fair elections. With the 2016 elections fast approaching, state ...

Cybersecurity in the Health Care Sector

The health care industry faces two major cybersecurity threats. First, the transition from paper record-keeping to electronic health records has ...

Memo on State Cybersecurity Centers

Since 2015, seven states have publicly established or announced the creation of a state “cybersecurity center,” tasked with implementing key ...

Memo on State Cybersecurity Strategies

This memo provides an overview of state cybersecurity strategies, as well as information technology and homeland security strategies with cybersecurity ...

Memo on State Cybersecurity Governance Bodies

This memo identifies commonalities and differences among the 22 states that established governance bodies tasked with identifying the cyber threats ...

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