The Best and the Worst

By U.S. News & World Report, Special for  USDR

State governments can foster economic growth or stymie enterprise. They can advance access to quality health care and education, and they can impede justice and opportunity for their citizens. But can their performance be measured? Why have some states succeeded where others have faltered? What can they learn from each other? And how, as citizens, can we chart their  progress?


On February 28, 2017, U.S. News & World Report will unveil Best States, an interactive platform featuring rankings, tools and analysis to measure how states best serve their citizens. McKinsey & Company serves as the analytical engine for the project, producing a first-of-its-kind Leading States Index to give public sector leaders a snapshot of how citizens experience their states. The Best States platform will be a highly interactive platform, helping citizens and their elected leaders understand the nation they live in and make changes for the  better.

Best States is the second multimedia platform developed by U.S. News to address government leadership. U.S. News unveiled Best Countries in 2016. To date, the project has garnered over 4 million unique visitors to the rankings and daily  content.

U.S. News & World Report is a digital news and information company that empowers people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. Focusing on Education, Health, Personal Finance, Travel, Cars and News & Opinion, provides consumer advice, rankings, news and analysis to serve people making complex decisions throughout all stages of life. More than 30 million people visit each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington,  D.C.

McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm that serves leading businesses, governments and non-governmental organizations. McKinsey helps clients make lasting improvements to their performance and realize their most important goals. Over nearly a century, they’ve built a firm uniquely equipped to this task. In the United States alone, they’ve conducted more than 350 state and local government client engagements across 30 states since 2011, covering a wide range of functional and agency  needs.

SOURCE U.S. News & World  Report

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