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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Current Projects

Assessing Human Security Supports within Islamic Schools in Thailand

The Public Policy Center is partnering with researchers at Fatoni University and Yala Rajabhat University in Thailand to assess human security, behavioral health, and educational supports for students and teachers in community Islamic schools (‘ponok’). Center researchers and partners will collect and analyze data through a mixed methods approach to measure perceptions of human security […]

Clinician Training & Consultation

PPC researchers can provide a schedule of training and consultation that enhance the behavioral health and human services fields and respond to requests for education of clinical supervisors that support evidence based practice. Training and consultation are focused on these main areas: Clinical Supervision Foundations (CSF) – This course is a two day research based curriculum […]

CLOUD-MAP: Collaboration Leading Operational UAS Development for Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics

Unmanned aerial systems (UASs) can revolutionize the study of the atmosphere, but their routine application for studying and surveilling the atmosphere requires careful consideration of the public response to such proposed use in the United States (US) national airspace system. The Public Policy Center will help CLOUD-MAP project researchers understand likely public reactions to large-scale […]

Connecting Volunteers – Protecting Communities

This project increases community resilience in urban and rural areas by equipping volunteer responders with Psychological First Aid (PFA) skills. The Public Policy Center will work with the Eastern Nebraska/Western Iowa Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) to increase the capacity to deliver PFA training to volunteers by developing a cadre of trainers within the MRC, creating […]

Countering Violent Extremism

The Public Policy Center is partnering with Nebraska Emergency Management and Two Rivers Public Health Department in a project funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security focused on countering violent extremism (CVE). The project focuses on identification of barriers to reporting potential signs of radicalization and preferred community strategies for addressing these barriers, especially […]

Development of a Suite of Demonstration Videos for Introductory Astronomy

In this NSF funded project (DUE-1245679), PPC researchers designed a study consisting of a series of tests to apply to videos developed by UNL’s Department of Physics and Astronomy that teach basic concepts in astronomy and physics. These videos are intended for use in introductory undergraduate courses. Approximately 150 students participated in this study, which […]

Disaster Behavioral Health Project

The goal of the Disaster Behavioral Health Project is to develop human infrastructure in Nebraska to effectively mitigate or respond to the psycho-social consequences of terrorism and disaster. The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center is working with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services to create an All-Hazards Disaster Behavioral Health Response and Recovery […]

Drought Planning Using Community Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment

This project utilizes climate data from the Platte River basin to develop and implement a decision-support model for drought planning using the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) process. THIRA is a Federal Emergency Management Agency-mandated risk assessment process to identify threats and develop capability targets to inform planning and preparedness. The Platte […]

Drug Courts Evaluation

The Nebraska Public Policy Center has conducted three evaluations of Nebraska’s Problem-Solving Courts. Two of the evaluations were for the Administrative Office of the Courts. The first evaluation was conducted from March – September of 2007 and covered eight probation problem-solving courts in Nebraska, including three adult drug courts (Midwest Nebraska, Northeast Nebraska, Sarpy County), […]