Publications support our public policy research, technical assistance and communications activities related to promoting excellence in government. These include downloads of research reports, whitepapers, an annual report and select publications for purchase.

Public Resources

Compliance Auditing in Georgia Counties and MunicipalitiesCompliance Auditing in Georgia Counties and Municipalities

Updated annually, Compliance Auditing is designed to help guide those responsible for conducting local government audits.




Georgia County GuideGeorgia County Guide at GeorgiaData.org

Leaders throughout Georgia can access state- and county-level information related to demographics, economics and more with The Georgia County Guide, which is available on GeorgiaData.org. 


Georgia Criminal Justice Data Landscape Report

Georgia Criminal Justice Data Landscape Report

The Georgia Criminal Justice Data Landscape Report is provided as a service to the public and policy makers interested in Georgia’s criminal justice system. This report provides data on criminal justice topics and data trends much like an almanac, including information on Georgia’s adult and juvenile justice reforms and how they have impacted criminal justice data trends. 


Experiential Learning ReportExperiential Learning Report

This guide is designed to help business leaders and school leaders conceptualize, develop and implement high-quality experiential learning experiences for high school students. The experiential learning guide draws from best practices and examples from across Georgia and the United States to inform investment decisions related to experiential learning programs.


Publications Available for Purchase

Handbook for Georgia LegislatorsAVAILABLE NOW: Handbook for Georgia Legislators: Fifteenth Edition

The handbook provides a comprehensive review of the legislative process and current issues and challenges for Georgia General Assembly members. The handbook incorporates changes in the law and legislative procedure that have occurred since the previous edition (published in 2014). 



Economic Development Handbook for Georgia's Rural CommunitiesEconomic Development Handbook for Georgia's Rural Communities

Purchase the Digital Publication.

The Economic Development Handbook for Georgia’s Rural Communities is both a desk reference and a training resource. Its chapters include checklists and task lists to help you organize information and conduct basic economic development activities. In addition to providing vital information for economic developers on essential basic topics, this handbook focuses on economic development in the state of Georgia, including laws, partners, programs and resources. (published in 2017)



NewsletterView our current and past editions of our electronic newsletter.

The Institute of Government has an electronic newsletter. It is intended to provide you with a view of our current public service and outreach activities, along with special initiatives and partnerships.