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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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 ...
NGA Convenes Six States to Explore Best Practices to Advance Disability Inclusive Workforce Policy

NGA Convenes Six States to Explore Best Practices to Advance Disability Inclusive Workforce Policy

As Governors work to confront an extremely tight labor market, efforts to reduce barriers to workforce participation and success are increasingly critical for filling in-demand jobs. A key pillar of ...
Governor McKee Hosts Statewide Event to Address Chronic Absenteeism

Governor McKee Hosts Statewide Event to Address Chronic Absenteeism

The National Governors Association (NGA) joined Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee, Always Learning Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Department of Education May 11 to hold a ceremony at the ...

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

A Review of State Computer Crime Law

The term “cyber crime” is often used in reference to a wide array of criminal acts that use computers, such ...
State Strategies to Scale Quality Work-Based Learning

State Strategies to Scale Quality Work-Based Learning

Industries in every state are struggling to find qualified applicants for jobs, while job seekers too often find they lack ...

Opportunities for Energy Efficiency to Help States Reduce Costs and Achieve Co-Benefits Under the Clean Power Plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued state-specific reduction targets for carbon dioxide emissions under the Clean Power Plan (CPP)— established ...

Opportunities for States to Pursue Multistate Compliance Options under the Clean Power Plan

The Clean Power Plan (CPP) — established pursuant to the federal Clean Air Act to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases ...

Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure

Modern society depends on critical infrastructure facilities, such as transportation networks, telecommunications lines, water mains, and power lines, which are ...

Cybersecurity and Public Safety

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

Improving State Coordination for Energy Assurance Planning and Response

Governors have a critical responsibility to help their states prepare for and respond to natural or humanmade disasters. This responsibility ...

State Strategies for Advancing the Use of Energy Storage

Wide-scale adoption of advanced energy storage technologies could have profound effects on the electric power sector. The technologies offer the ...

Housing as Health Care: A Road Map for States

Evidence suggests that providing housing to certain high-need, high-cost patients can transform lives and have a very meaningful return on ...

Improving State Efforts to Prepare and Respond to Public Health Emergencies

Public health disasters, like natural or manmade disasters, have the potential to overwhelm a state’s emergency response capabilities resulting in ...

Improving State Efforts to Prepare and Respond to Public Health Emergencies

Public health disasters, like natural or manmade disasters, have the potential to overwhelm a state’s emergency response capabilities resulting in ...

Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) Webinar #3

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted the final in a series of three webinars designed ...

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