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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Current Projects

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]