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August 24, 2015

Tracking Graduates in the Workforce: Connecting Education and Labor Market Data

Governors play a central role in ensuring that public educational institutions provide students with the knowledge and abilities required for a successful life and career.


August 12, 2015

Social Impact Bonds for Public Health Programs: An Overview

Social impact bonds (SIB) are a financing mechanism that states use to support innovative programs focusing on the underlying social determinants of health.


July 24, 2015

Delivering Results: Finding and Building Effective State Leaders

The 2014-2015 chair’s initiative, Delivering Results, focused on helping governors identify strategies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of state government. One critical aspect of improving the performance of state government is to find and develop top-level state leaders who are focused on achieving results and who can cultivate an organizational culture supportive of that goal.


July 24, 2015

Delivering Results: Creating and Refining Results-Oriented Regulations

The 2014-2015 chair’s initiative, Delivering Results, focused on helping governors identify strategies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of state government. Many states have launched efforts to streamline regulatory processes to help residents and businesses have better and easier experiences with state government and to promote economic growth.


July 24, 2015

Delivering Results: Data-Driven Approaches to Delivering Better Outcomes

The 2014-2015 chair’s initiative, Delivering Results, focused on helping governors identify strategies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of state government. One way in which governors are driving results in their states is through enhanced use of data and evidence.


July 24, 2015

Delivering Results: Core Principles

The 2014-2015 chair’s initiative, Delivering Results, focused on helping governors identify strategies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of state government. In order to deliver results to individuals and busi­nesses in the state, governors can use any number of specific strategies, including recruiting and hiring ef­fective state government leaders, streamlining regula­tions, implementing lean process improvement, and using data and evidence to inform budgeting.


July 17, 2015

Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Update

The NGA Center for Best Practices’ Maternal and Child Health Update (MCH Update) has a longstanding history of collecting and sharing detailed state-level information on maternal and child health programs and outcomes.


July 16, 2015

Enhancing The Role of Fusion Centers in Cybersecurity

Fusion centers were created after the 9/11 terrorist attacks to facilitate the type of multijurisdictional information sharing needed to prevent another strike on the homeland.


July 09, 2015

State Practices to Protect Drinking Water Resources While Developing Shale Energy

Governors and other state policymakers are at the forefront of efforts to protect drinking water resources from potential risks associated with shale energy development.


July 01, 2015

Governors’ Roadmap for Improving the Energy Efficiency of Multifamily Buildings

Improving the energy efficiency of multifamily buildings can help governors achieve their goals of reducing consumers’ energy costs, strengthening electricity system reliability, and lowering emissions.