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 […]
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 […]
The PPC facilitated meetings of the 26 member Republican River Basin Sustainability Task Force, preparing the first drafts of the required reports on behalf of the task force, and otherwise generally assist the task force as needed. The purposes of the task force as established by LB 1057 (2010), were to define water sustainability, develop […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
This project provided information about a variety of flexible funding projects that addressed issues related to discipline and counseling in Nebraska’s schools. The reference document created for this project was intended to be used for sharing, cooperation, and coordination of school efforts.
Project researchers assessed state meat inspection programs (nationally with foci on neighboring states of Kansas and Minnesota) so that the Agricultural Committee of the legislature could determine the advisability of Nebraska implementing a meat inspection program.
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 […]
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 […]