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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Current Projects

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 […]

Researcher: N/A,

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 […]

Researcher: Nancy Shank,

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 […]

Researcher: N/A,

Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles Strategic Plan Development

Researchers from the Public Policy Center provided facilitation and process expertise to the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to assist in the development of a strategic plan for the agency. This resulted in a thorough review of internal documentation and a five year strategic plan that incorporated feedback from key internal and external stakeholders […]

Researcher: Mark DeKraai, Janell Walther,

Nebraska Department of Natural Resources Consultation

PPC researchers are working with Department of Natural Resources senior leadership and division leaders to provide consultation and research, design survey tools, and compile data to support the department’s mission. Some of the products of the consultation have been: Assessment of Nebraskans’ views of water management Evaluation of employee experiences Development of outcome-oriented metrics Surveys […]

Researcher: Alan Tomkins, Stacey J. Hoffman,

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 […]

Researcher: Kate Speck, Janell Walther, Teri Perkins,

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 […]

Researcher: Denise Bulling,

Prosper Lincoln

Prosper Lincoln is an initiative that follows up on the results of Lincoln Vital Signs project reports, which provide a unique and timely opportunity to build conversations and collaborations for addressing community issues in Lincoln. As part of this initiative, the Public Policy Center synthesized data gathered from citywide engagement events that culminated in an […]

Researcher: Tarik Abdel-Monem, Lisa Pytlik Zillig, Janell Walther,

Public Health Surveillance System Evaluations

Center researchers, working closely with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services – Division of Public Health developed a Brief Evaluation Protocol for use in evaluating public health surveillance systems. Two systems were evaluated during the development of this protocol: the Nebraska State Immunization Information System (NESIIS), and the Adult Tobacco Survey (ATS). Public […]

Researcher: Tarik Abdel-Monem, Mark DeKraai, Kate Speck,

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 […]

Researcher: Nancy Shank, Stacey J. Hoffman,

State Emergency Response Commission

The Nebraska State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) consists of representatives from  state and local government, including fire, law, public health, schools, industry, transportation, and the public.  The Commission oversees the activities of Local Emergency Planning Committees in identifying and preparing for potential risks from hazardous chemicals. The Public Policy Center helps facilitate strategic planning for […]

Researcher: Quinn Lewandowski,

Statewide Drug Courts Evaluation

The Nebraska Public Policy Center has conducted two statewide evaluations of Nebraska’s Problem-Solving Courts 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), four juvenile drug courts […]

Researcher: Denise Bulling, Stacey J. Hoffman,

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 […]

Researcher: Mario Scalora,

Taking Charge 2017

For the ninth year in a row, the Public Policy Center is working with the City of Lincoln to continue dealing with the gap between growing citizen expectations and limited resources. This year, the survey will be sent by mail to about 4,000 randomly selected Lincoln households asking residents to evaluate a range of City […]

Researcher: N/A,

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 […]

Researcher: Mario Scalora,

The Influence of Subjective and Objective Rural School Security on Law Enforcement Engagement: A Mixed Methods Study

The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center is partnering with the Nebraska Department of Education on a study that examines how perceptions and organization of school safety and security relate to law enforcement engagement in rural schools across the state of Nebraska. While rural schools engage with law enforcement, they often do not label the […]

Researcher: N/A,

Threat Assessment Research

This program of research is multi-disciplinary but grounded in behavioral science principles. The research team engages in research opportunities that will add to the general body of knowledge while enhancing the real-world practice of threat assessment. For more information, please visit the threat assessment web site.

Researcher: Mario Scalora, Stacey J. Hoffman, Denise Bulling, Mark DeKraai,

Training in Theory and Application of Cross-scale Resilience in Agriculturally Dominated Social Ecological Systems

The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center along with other University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers, led by Craig Allen (School of Natural Resources) received a five year National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program grant to establish an interdisciplinary graduate training program focused on understanding resilience and vulnerability in agricultural landscapes. Approximately 20 master’s and doctoral students […]

Researcher: N/A,