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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Current Projects

Ending Chronic Homelessness: Evaluation

The Public Policy Center will serve as the program evaluator for a three-year project aiming to end chronic homelessness in Lincoln, NE. Through a collaboration of Region V Behavioral Health Systems, CenterPointe, and the Mental Health Association, the project will provide housing, behavioral health treatment, and peer and employment supports to persons experiencing chronic homelessness […]

Evaluation of Integrated Mental/Physical Health 360 Program

Individuals with serious mental illness or substance use issues generally have more serious physical health problems than the general population; yet this population has difficulty accessing appropriate medical care through the traditional health care system. Lutheran Family Services and People’s Health Center have developed the Health 360 program, a new integrated approach which provides behavioral […]

Facilitating an Assessment of Fit of Results Based Accountability

Center researchers facilitated a process for the United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County to assess how Results Based Accountability could contribute to documenting community impact and create a bridge to emerging community agendas and metrics. Center staff articulated how RBA might offer improvements to existing approaches, discussed different frameworks for improving data collection, use, […]

Homeland Security Planning Project

The goal of Nebraska’s homeland security planning project is to engage local jurisdictions in regional planning that strengthens and integrates local, regional and state emergency management plans and processes. Planning capabilities will be sustained via establishment of a statewide planning community. The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center provides technical assistance to enhance the capacity […]

Increasing the Capacity for Municipal Climate Adaptation Planning in the Lower Missouri River Basin States

This project, under the leadership of Natalie Umphlett of the High Plains Regional Climate Center, aims to strengthen the incorporation of climate information into long-term municipal planning strategies for cities in lower Missouri River Basin states (IA, KS, MO, NE). The partnerships and interactions between the project researchers and municipal leaders and planners will help […]

Lincoln Vital Signs

Lincoln needed a comprehensive, credible source of trend data about our community’s well-being. Such a source could be used by community leaders to identify emerging issues and to highlight areas of need and opportunity. Many communities have found that tracking key indicators about their community is a powerful way to understand their assets and challenges. […]

Nebraska Citizen Corps/Medical Reserve Corps Program

The Citizen Corps Program is a national effort to make communities safer and better prepared to respond to threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds through education, training, and volunteer service. Five partner programs are affiliated with Citizen Corps: Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), Volunteers in […]

Nebraska Department of Natural Resources Strategic Planning

PPC researchers are working with Department of Natural Resources senior leadership to plan and execute multi-year strategic planning geared toward the department’s goals pertaining to water planning and regulation. Center researchers are helping to identify the components, process, and desired outcomes of a successful water planning and regulation process, craft questions for a state-wide survey […]

Nebraska Suicide Prevention

The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center is partnering with the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Division of Behavioral Health, Nebraska Department of Education, Regional Behavioral Health Authorities, and Interchurch Ministries of Nebraska to carry out activities as part of a youth suicide prevention grant from the Substance […]

Nebraska System of Care Evaluation

The Nebraska System of Care (NeSOC) creates a comprehensive and sustainable system of care that is youth guided, family-driven, trauma-informed and culturally responsive to improve outcomes for children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families. Public Policy Center researchers will work with partners to collect service-level data on individuals and families to complete […]