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

Q&A: Phishing

What is Phishing? Phishing refers to the criminal practice of using fraudulent emails to trick unsuspecting victims intodisclosing sensitive information ...

Q&A: Internet-of-Things

What is the Internet-of-Things? The Internet-of-Things (IoT) describes how commercial industries are including Internet connectivity in a wide range of ...

Cyber Liability Insurance for States

Perfect cybersecurity is impossible, and even the most sophisticated defenders fall prey to cyber attacks. This residual risk can potentially ...

Memo on State Cybersecurity Response Plans

This memo identifies commonalities and differences among 32 cybersecurity incident and disruption response plans within 26 states. A cyber incident ...

Memo on State Cybersecurity Budgets

Funding and sustaining cybersecurity initiatives is one of the fundamental challenges confronting state policy makers. A recent survey of states ...

Using Data and Evaluation in Policy Development, Implementation and Monitoring: Building Successful Policies to Reduce Prescription Opioid Misuse

Policy makers looking to reduce the abuse of prescription opioids face difficult decisions in selecting which of the many interventions ...

State Strategies to Reduce Childhood Hunger

Governors recognize the critical importance of ensuring that school-age children have regular access to healthy meals. Studies show that when ...

Energy Learning Network Webinar: Updates & Insights on State Energy Policy Developments

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted a webinar on Updates & Insights on State Energy ...

Opening Workshop on Policy Academy on Power Sector Modernization

February 1-3, 2017 | San Diego, CA The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) held an opening ...

Cross State Convening: Leveraging Workforce Investment Strategies to Improve the Early Care and Education Workforce

January 25-27, 2017 | National Harbor, MD The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted the Cross-State ...

Experts Roundtable on State Resiliency Assessment and Planning

January 25-26, 2017 | Washington, DC The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted an experts roundtable ...

Initiative for Resiliency in Energy through Vehicles Policy Workshop

January 10, 2017 | Denver, CO The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) held a workshop to ...

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