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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Current Projects

Targeted Violence Research Project

Dr. Mario Scalora is partnering with the United States Marshals Service’s Judicial Security Division (JSD) to examine USMS threat cases, in order to empirically and statistically understand the characteristics and behaviors that relate to targeted violence toward federal judicial protectees. The USMS conducts protective intelligence investigations on subjects who have made threatening, inappropriate, or concerning […]

Comprehensive School Safety Initiative

The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center collaborated with the Nebraska Department of Education to conduct a research study that examines how safety perceptions and organization of school safety and security are associated with level and type of law enforcement engagement in rural schools. While rural schools engage with law enforcement, they utilize a variety […]

Stratcom Perception Resistance & Deterrence

The objective of this project is to evaluate behavioral and motivational factors in the context of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) deterrence planning for a non-state, rogue, and near-peer adversary. The ultimate deliverable is a set of considerations that a deterrence analyst or planner can use to better estimate leaders’ reactions to U.S. actions […]

Behavioral Health Workforce Development in Nebraska Department of Correctional Services and Nebraska Health and Human Services (LB 242)

The Nebraska Legislature has appropriated funding over two years to the Nebraska Board of Regents for the recruitment of graduate students training as behavioral health professionals. For this project, the Public Policy Center partnered with the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN), the Department of Correctional Services, and the Department of Health and Human […]

National Science Foundation National Research Traineeship Program

The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center is participating in establishing the National Science Foundation national Research Traineeship (NRT) program: Training in Theory and Application of Cross-scale Resilience in Agriculturally Dominated Social Ecological Systems. Over five years the program (https://nrt.unl.edu/), led by Dr. Craig Allen (UNL School of Natural Resources), will support 21 masters and […]

Dynamics and trade-offs among social, economic, and ecological components of resilience in working agricultural landscapes Internal NU FEWS seed grant

A grand challenge for humanity is to supply increasing food and energy demands imposed by a growing human population while preserving food, energy, and water systems’ critical services.  This project supported development of a multi-disciplinary team to nurture projects assessing the interactions and adaptations of working agricultural landscapes on human decision-making and of human decision-making […]

Development of a Driver License Vendor Request for Proposals for the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles

The Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is responsible for administering Nebraska’s identification and licensing for driver permits, operator licenses, commercial driver license, and state identification, for over 500,000 persons each year. The contract for a major component of the system was expiring, so the DMV asked the Public Policy Center to assist them in […]

Region V: Organizational Consulting

Region V Systems (Region V) is the legislatively-designated authority responsible for planning, coordinating, and contracting for publicly-funded behavioral health services in the 16-county region in southeast Nebraska. The Public Policy Center consulted with Region V to assist them in developing greater internal capacity for continuous quality improvement, particularly in the area of outcomes-focused measurement. The […]

LNK Market Community Conversations

This report details the procedures and results from two public engagements conducted around the possibility of a year-round public market that might be situated in or near Lincoln’s downtown area. The purpose of these engagements was to uncover and explore the range of responses, hopes, concerns, and perceived benefits, barriers, and facilitators of a year-round […]

Collaborative County Approaches to Reducing the Prevalence of Individuals with Mental Disorders in Jail

The Public Policy Center is partnering with Region 1 Behavioral Health Authority in a collaborative approach to reducing the prevalence of individuals with mental health disorders in jail. This National Institute of Justice grant funded program focuses on Scottsbluff County in the Panhandle of Nebraska. The Public Policy Center is assisting with facilitation and evaluation […]