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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Past Projects

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 […]

Hazardous Waste Site Review Committee Facilitation

The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center served as the Facilitator for the Hazardous Waste Site Review Committee. The Site Review Committee was required by statute for proposals to install and operate a hazardous waste management facility in Nebraska. The Committee reviewed a proposal by Heritage Disposal and Storage, LLC for a waste management facility […]

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 […]

Connecting Volunteers – Protecting Communities

This project increases community resilience in urban and rural areas by equipping volunteer responders with Psychological First Aid (PFA) skills. The Public Policy Center will work with the Eastern Nebraska/Western Iowa Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) to increase the capacity to deliver PFA training to volunteers by developing a cadre of trainers within the MRC, creating […]

Facilitating Adoption of Results Based Accountability with the United Way of Lincoln/Lancaster County

Center researchers facilitated a process for the United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County to assess and implement a Results Based Accountability (RBA) design for their funding decisions and reporting. RBA was selected as a means to document community impact and create a bridge to emerging community agendas and metrics. Center staff articulated how RBA […]

Developing Materials for Public Engagement and Understanding of the Clean Power Plan

Center staff worked with the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) to develop content and materials that NDEQ staff could use during public engagement events held all across the state. Materials were designed to help the general public understand the Clean Power Plan so that they could give informed input on preferred carbon mitigation strategies […]

Ebola Preparedness and Response Activities

Center researchers worked with state and local officials to update Nebraska’s concept of operations plan for responding to Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Our team partnered with university, public health and medical personnel to ensure plans were coordinated for healthcare response, surveillance, monitoring, patient referral, and infection control activities. Center researchers also developed messages with public […]

Rural Heart Rescue Evaluation

The Public Health Solutions District Health Department is conducting a “Rural Heart Rescue” project that aims to increase survival of cardiac events within a five-county rural area in Nebraska. The project equips bystanders to intervene during cardiac events through the placement of Automated External Defibrillators (AED) units in public places and increases bystander awareness of […]