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

Washington State Retreat on Enhancing Lead-by-Example Efforts

June 8, 2017 | Olympia, WA The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center), in partnership with the ...

Advancing the Energy-Water Nexus: How Governors Can Bridge Their Conservation Goals

Energy and water are critical resources that rely on each other to be extracted, transported and used. However, because states ...

Setting Site-Specific Priorities in the Federal Budget Process for Cleanup of Nuclear Weapons Waste

Opportunities for State Engagement Sufficient federal funding to clean up the U.S. nuclear weapons complex is a priority for states ...

Oregon Retreat on Prioritizing and Valuing Local Energy Resilience

May 5, 2017 | Newport, OR Oregon, in partnership with the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center), ...
Setting Site-Specific Priorities in the Federal Budget Process for Cleanup of Nuclear Weapons Waste: Opportunities for State Engagement

Setting Site-Specific Priorities in the Federal Budget Process for Cleanup of Nuclear Weapons Waste: Opportunities for State Engagement

This issue brief focuses on the opportunities for state engagement at each stage of the budget process and suggests how ...
Work-Based Learning Policy Academy TA Webinar Series

Work-Based Learning Policy Academy TA Webinar Series

This webinar series, which ran from Jan 2016 to April 2017 looked at the following work-based learn topics: Measurement, Enhancement, ...

Human Capital Spring Learning Lab

April 24-25, 2017 | San Diego, CA Meeting Objectives Deepen understanding of high-leverage strategies to improve coherence of programs and ...

Improving Emergency Communications Through Governance

The most critical element to ensuring interoperability of emergency communications tools and a highly functioning emergency communications ecosystem is a ...

Integrating Population Health into State-Wide System Transformation: A Road Map for States

States are working to improve health, improve quality of care and reduce costs through multiple initiatives, including State Innovation Model ...

Workshop on the Future of Nuclear Power

March 30-31, 2017 | Arlington, VA The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) held a workshop on ...

Parents and Children Thriving Together: Two-Generation State Policy Network Kickoff Meeting

March 20-22, 2017 | Denver, Colorado The National Governors Association for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Center for Law ...

Crowdsourcing Cybersecurity 101: Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure

Right now, cyber criminals and foreign nations are probing state systems for vulnerabilities. Malicious actors exploit errors in software code ...

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