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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Past Projects

Platte River Habitat Partnership Survey

Nebraska’s native prairies are a valued resource and under constant anthropogenic demand and degradation. By engaging land owners in voluntary programs, the Platte River Habitat Partnership aims to restore and enhance this important natural resource. In this project, the Public Policy Center conducted a survey to assess land owners’ perceptions of the Platte River Habitat […]

Privatization Process Evaluation

The Public Policy Center evaluated the privatization of behavioral health services that took place during 2013 – 2014 in Nebraska’s Region V System service area. The Community Mental Health Center, operated by the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners (Board), was one of the key providers of behavioral health services within the network of Region V […]

Public Engagement Pilot Project on Pandemic Influenza Evaluation

This project engaged the public in discussions regarding which subgroups in the population require the earliest vaccine protection against influenza in the event of a pandemic. The project tested a new model of public engagement and gathered useful information for decision makers by including a societal perspective on the prioritization of pandemic flu vaccine.

Reducing Courts’ Failure-to-Appear Rate: A Procedural Justice Approach

This was an evaluation of a pilot project aimed at reducing failure to appear in court for a defendant’s misdemeanor hearing. The rate at which criminal defendants fail to appear in court is as high as 25-30%, depending on the jurisdiction and type of offense. Failure to appear increases workloads and expenditures for the courts […]

reEnergize Lincoln Program Evaluation

The reEnergize program was a joint effort between Omaha and Lincoln to finance residential energy evaluations and energy upgrades for more than 1,300 local properties. Funded by a $10 million federal grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, this program reached 485 residences in Lincoln before expiring in May of 2013. The Public Policy […]

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 […]

Science and Sovereignty: Linking Environmental Sustainability to Smart and Secure Borders

This project was an investigation of how science had been considered and employed in developing options to divert water from North Dakota to Manitoba. Two questions were explored: (1) What role, if any, does science play in governmental deliberations and intergovernmental processes that may produce ecological consequences of uncertain scale, magnitude and scope in another […]