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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Past Projects

By the People

By the People was a project that incorporated discussion, linkages, and community involvement from Nebraska into a nationwide conversation about America’s role in the world and its relevance to local concerns. 2007 Dialogues in Democracy 2006 Your Water 2005 State of Education 2004 America in the World October Deliberation Day  

Carbon Sequestration Project

Center researchers examined the viability of carbon sequestration (the long-term storage of carbon in the terrestrial biosphere, underground, or the oceans so that the buildup of carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere will be reduced or slowed) as a commodity from legal, social, and policy perspectives. Special attention was paid to whether there were market […]

Central Great Plains Climate Education Partnership

The Central Great Plains Climate Education Partnership (CGP-CEP) was formed to create a strategic plan for enhancing climate education of three primary target groups: agricultural producers, K-12 educators, and rural communities. The Public Policy Center, High Plains Regional Climate Center, National Center for Research on Rural Education, Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy, KSU Office […]

Children’s Mental Health and Substance Abuse State Infrastructure Grant

This project built on major behavioral health system reform efforts to develop systems of care specifically for children (age birth to 5; youth; youth with co-occurring disorders; substance abuse; transition age youth). The project aimed to individualize service models for children and youth, establish culturally and linguistically appropriate practices, and form a coalition for an […]

Chronic Mental Health: Improving Outcomes through Ambulatory Care Coordination–Southeast Nebraska Behavioral Health Information

The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center researched user adoption and clinical outcomes related to the development of the Electronic Behavioral Health Information Network (eBHIN). eBHIN is a health information exchange in Nebraska’s Behavioral Health Region V. Appropriate and timely care coordination contributes significantly to improved behavioral health outcomes for patients with chronic mental illness. […]

Citizen Input for Budgeting and Performance Management in Lincoln

The long-term goal of this project was to enable public managers and policymakers/elected officials to be intentional and evidence-based in selecting the components of their citizen involvement techniques used in budgeting, performance measurement, and management processes. This will maximize the value for both citizens and managers. As part of our research, we worked with the […]

City of Lincoln Satisfaction Survey: “Taking Charge” (2010)

As part of Mayor Chris Beutler’s continuing Taking Charge initiative, a random sample of Lincolnites were surveyed by telephone in early December of 2009 and then an online survey was offered to residents who were not invited to take the phone survey. The results of the surveys were used to inform city budget decisions that […]