Tracks and analyzes state fiscal conditions, tax policies, fiscal capabilities, and spending trends. Using nationwide field research studies, examines whether and how states implemented major initiatives. Studies reforms to improve states' executive leadership and to recruit and maintain a skilled state and local workforce. Examines state capacity to contract with private agencies for public functions while holding these agencies accountable, and investigates the institutional capabilities demanded of states as they attempt to reform health care, integrate the delivery of human services, and recover from natural disasters. Although much of the Rockefeller Institute's work is national, they also serve agencies of New York State government through studies, special projects, books and reports, and frequent public forums.