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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Past Projects

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 […]

Coalition for a Strong Nebraska

The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center partnered with the Coalition for a Strong Nebraska to assist in collaborative advocacy organization for nonprofit, community, and government partners to state legislature. The PPC provided facilitation, organizational support, and legislative program evaluation training to members of the Coalition.

Community Assessment & Education to Promote Behavioral Health Planning and Evaluation (CAPE) Phase II: Innovation Communities

The Public Policy Center teamed up with several Lincoln organizations to identify behavioral health data that provide insights into community trends. Through this project, existing administrative data was compiled to increase community knowledge about behavioral health and created a context for behavioral health system action. One of four “innovation community” projects across the United States, […]

Community Services Initiative (CSI)

This initiative integrated planning and implementation of the City/County’s Human Services Plan across the health and human services community as well as the public. Goals included key policy decisions emanating from the human services community, not a proscriptive process controlled solely by funders. Community Service Initiative facilitated participation and input by representatives from the service […]

Cost Benefit Analysis of the 2-1-1 Texas Information and Referral Network

The Public Policy Center was contracted to help to produce a statistical analysis of the net benefits and costs of the 2-1-1 Texas Information and Referral Network operations. Center researchers helped to develop a solid methodology to produce a rigorous analysis and report. Our primary contribution was in the area of assessing the relevant benefit/costs […]

Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Program

The Public Policy Center partnered with the Nebraska Statewide Critical Incident Stress Management Program to update the program policies and procedures and augment the state’s infrastructure for supporting emergency response personnel after a critical incident. The partnership built on the strength of the CISM program by linking it with researchers whose work enhanced the program’s […]

Developing a Social-Cognitive, Multilevel, Empirically-Based Model of Public Engagement for the Shaping of Science and Innovation Policy

Public engagements involving residents, scientists, and policymakers are increasingly being used to shape policy in the US. Despite the attention paid to such engagements, there is a lack of knowledge and theory concerning which forms, features, and contexts of public engagements are meaningful to participants and produce insightful information that is useful to scientists and […]