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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Northeast Regional Project Delivery Workshop

Northeast Regional Project Delivery Workshop

On Thursday, April 4 and Friday, April 5, 2024, NGA held its Northeast Regional Project Delivery Workshop in Philadelphia. This convening, which was hosted in partnership with Pennsylvania Governor Josh ...
Membership Monthly – April 2024

Membership Monthly – April 2024

Updates from the NGA Membership Team for April 2024. For more about the programs below and a list of upcoming events please email us at: membership@nga.org. ABOVE: Missouri Governor Mike ...
Governors Prioritize Behavioral Health in 2024 State of the State Addresses

Governors Prioritize Behavioral Health in 2024 State of the State Addresses

Behavioral health and mental health challenges impact every community – urban, suburban, and rural, east, west, north, and south. There are no geographic boundaries or political party lines. Across the ...
Congressional Briefing on Environmental Protection

Congressional Briefing on Environmental Protection

On April 10, 2024, NGA’s Economic Development and Revitalization Task Force and the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) hosted a Congressional briefing to educate Congressional staff, Administration officials, 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

Using Data to Better Serve the Most Complex Patients

Across the country, health care systems continue to grapple with how best to serve patients with the greatest needs. These ...

Tackling Intergenerational Poverty: How Governors Can Advance Coordinated Services for Low-Income Parents and Children

Poverty and long-term unemployment plague Americans of all ages, including parents and their children. The complexity of the issues requires ...
Social Impact Bonds for Public Health Programs: An Overview

Social Impact Bonds for Public Health Programs: An Overview

The desire to improve health care outcomes and reduce costs has led states to rethink how they deliver health care ...

Enhancing The Role of Fusion Centers in Cybersecurity

Fusion centers were created after the 9/11 terrorist attacks to facilitate the type of multi-jurisdictional information sharing needed to prevent ...

Strategies For Improving Outcomes For Justice-Involved Youth

A growing body of research finds that for many youth, involvement in the juvenile justice system can increase rates of ...

States Work To Improve Energy Efficiency Of Multifamily Buildings

WASHINGTON—Improving the energy efficiency of multifamily buildings can help states reduce consumers’ energy costs, strengthen electricity system reliability and lower ...
Maternal and Child Health Update: States Are Using Medicaid and CHIP to Improve Health Outcomes for Mothers and Children

Maternal and Child Health Update: States Are Using Medicaid and CHIP to Improve Health Outcomes for Mothers and Children

The 2014 Maternal and Child Health Update (MCH Update) presents data gathered by the National Governors Association Center for Best ...
Health Investments That Pay Off: Strategies for Addressing Asthma in Children

Health Investments That Pay Off: Strategies for Addressing Asthma in Children

Leading experts in asthma policy and research have asserted that to improve health outcomes and reduce asthma-related health care costs, ...

New Hepatitis C Treatments: Considerations and Potential Strategies for States

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) convened an expert roundtable to discuss the opportunities and challenges ...
The Expanding Role of Pharmacists in a Transformed Health Care System

The Expanding Role of Pharmacists in a Transformed Health Care System

Pharmacists have the professional expertise to address key challenges facing the health care system, including the prevalence of people who ...

An Opportunity for States to Fund Community-Based Prevention Programs

Community-based prevention programs (CBPPs) can serve as an important tool for states to improve health outcomes and reduce costs. New ...

The Cybersecurity Workforce: States’ Needs and Opportunities

The National Governors Association (NGA) released The Cybersecurity Workforce: States’ Needs and Opportunities, which examines factors to consider when creating a ...

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