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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Past Projects

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 […]

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 […]

Sharing Electronic Health Records: The Views of Nebraskans

The overarching goal of this project was to engage Nebraskans about privacy and security issues surrounding electronic health information. The project simultaneously achieved three specific outcomes: 1) engage a sample of Nebraska residents about important legal and policy issues surrounding electronic sharing of health information through a survey and deliberative discussion; 2) increase knowledge and […]

Sound Partners

This project engaged the statewide radio audience and three targeted communities in a project that raised public awareness of the issues Nebraskans must confront to create effective mental health care reform. Rural elderly, youth and minorities are particularly vulnerable to the deficiencies in Nebraska’s systems for delivering and accessing mental health care.

Statewide Depression Summit: Growing Success

NET and the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center convened a statewide series of discussions focusing on creating pathways to the successful treatment of depression in communities across Nebraska. The objective of the summit was for Nebraskans to dialogue with each other, and with experts, about what communities can do to plan for and create […]

Studies of Representation of Children and Youth in Nebraska

Pursuant to LB 961 (2008), a study of Nebraska’s guardian ad litem practices was undertaken by the National Association of Counsel for Children (Denver, CO), and a study of Nebraska’s juvenile indigent defense system in delinquency cases was undertaken by the National Juvenile Defender Center (Washington, DC). Both reports were completed in December 2009, and […]