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Lincoln Reads Aloud

Lincoln Reads Aloud situates libraries and museums as leaders to ensure all children are kindergarten ready by promoting reading aloud to children aged 0 – 8. Through this project, Lincoln’s libraries and museums participate in the Prosper Lincoln Early Childhood agenda. By promoting reading aloud and providing trusted “spaces” (both inside and beyond their walls) […]

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 […]

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 […]

Nebraska Driver’s License Service Delivery Model Analysis

The Public Policy Center conducted a series of benefit and cost analyses to answer questions about preferred licensing service delivery models for the State of Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The study focused on monetized benefits and costs and also acknowledged those that weren’t monetized. The final product was a report of findings with […]

Early Learning Contexts in Rural and Urban Nebraska

This project investigates cumulative influences on early learning and achievement for young children at economic disadvantage across rural and urban settings in Nebraska through three complementary and prospective studies. This research will provide reliable information for policymakers and practitioners to understand variations in practices that augment transitions and early learning; determine malleable factors that improve […]

Taking Charge 2016

Once again, the Public Policy Center partnered with the City of Lincoln Mayor’s office to gather public opinions on particular issues of importance to Lincoln residents. The 2016 Taking Charge resident survey and Community Conversation addressed issues relating to a budget shortfall, as well as allow residents to given input into future City priorities. Residents […]

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, […]