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About CSG

Founded in 1933, The Council of State Governments (CSG) is our nation’s only organization serving all three branches of state government. CSG is a national-in-scope, regional-in-focus forum that fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy. This offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships.

About The CSG Center of Innovation

The CSG Center of Innovation is a national initiative launched in July 2018 to enhance CSG’s efforts to engage, inform and empower state officials through externally funded initiatives. Home to over 30 managers and analysts, the Center leverages CSG’s considerable network of state policymakers, effective convening power and demonstrated success in providing outreach and technical assistance to the states to acquire external funding for projects focused on CSG member priorities. The CSG Center of Innovation provides a trusted, experienced, and ready-made platform to collaborate with these valued partners and leverage those partnerships to secure funding for joint initiatives. The Center offers:

  • Objective, In-Depth Analysisof data and policy best practices to facilitate a better understanding of existing and developing issues and assess available and potential solutions.
  • Connectionsamong policy leaders, federal and non-profit partners and subject-matter experts to exchange insights and build partnerships.
  • Technical and Consulting Assistanceto enable policy leaders to develop and implement forward-thinking solutions adapted to state and regional conditions and ambitions to improve the lives of people and the strength of communities and states.
  • An Inclusive Policy Portfoliothat supports diverse populations and policy concerns.

Research at CSG

The CSG research team conducts high-quality data collection and analysis on priority policy areas with the goal of proactively developing resources and tools for state policymakers and position them to incorporate this evidence into the policymaking process. CSG also conducts customized, ad-hoc research in a wide-range of policy topic areas in response to member requests. CSG research priorities include supporting states in the planning for and use of federal funding for state pandemic era recovery.