Once again the Public Policy Center collaborated with the City of Lincoln to gather public input on issues important to Lincoln residents. In previous years, thousands of Lincoln residents participated in online surveys and face-to-face conversations which have had a direct impact on the decision to cut or continue specific City programs. This time, residents […]
For several years, the Public Policy Center has collaborated with the City of Lincoln to gather public input on issues important to Lincoln residents. In past years, thousands of Lincoln residents have participated in online surveys and face-to-face conversations that have had a direct impact on decisions made about specific City programs. In 2015, we […]
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 […]
Evidence showing the American public losing confidence in its government has been identified as one of the fundamental problems in society today. Social science has an opportunity to make important contributions to this problem by deepening understanding of public trust and confidence in government. The primary goal of our research was to test a model […]
To Approach Good Choices or To Avoid Bad Choices?: How Approach and Avoidance “Nudge” Policies Affect Public Trust and Policy Support
“Nudges”–small changes in choice architecture–exert powerful effects on behavior. Governments have taken notice and nudge-related laws and policies have been developed to influence citizens. However, little is known about how people perceive these policies. How do various nudges affect trust in the institutions passing the policies? Who embraces such policies and who rejects them? This […]
Although various theories of trust and confidence have been proposed, no comprehensive framework yet exists. Trust and confidence research has been undermined by failures to develop models that incorporate the various trust- and confidence-related factors, a lack of clarity regarding what is even meant by trust- and confidence-related terms, and so on. This postdoctoral fellow […]
During 2003, the United Way of Lincoln/Lancaster County and the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center surveyed agencies and volunteers about the fund distribution process. The goals of the examination were to: 1. Identify the perception of agencies and volunteers about the overall fund distribution process; and, 2. Compare a new process piloted in the […]
This project was to assisted rural communities in complying with changes in permissible levels of arsenic in public drinking water supplies and to explore joint community opportunities in doing so. The Public Policy Center helped to coordinate efforts between stakeholders, allowing experts in many areas to discuss related issues and advise rural communities.
The Public Policy Center was asked to provide assistance and discussion relative to facilitating the initial meeting of the Legislatively-created Water Funding Task Force. This included assistance on topics such as: election of officers, selection of a consultant, suggested meeting schedules, potential educational assistance, and potential roles for Task Force members.
Center staff were tasked with engaging a group of Nebraskans in a discussion about water management policies such as the Interstate Republic River Compact, the Platte River Habitat Recovery Plan, and a variety of other water quality and quantity issues affecting the environmental and economic well-being of the state. Four senators from the Unicameral’s Natural […]