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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Past Projects

Governor’s Early Childhood Mental Health Initiative

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services contracted with the Public Policy Center to administer this project. The Governor’s initiative was designed to develop an integrated system of mental health care using a collaborative network of existing providers and new services that fill critical gaps in the current system for young children (prenatal to […]

Researcher: N/A,

Great Plains Public Health Training Center Evaluation

The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center conducted an evaluation of the Great Plains Public Health Training Center (GPPHTC), one of the nation’s HRSA-funded, congressionally mandated public health training centers. The evaluation was conducted of the first two years of the GPPHTC’s operations, which was based out of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College […]

Researcher: Stacey J. Hoffman, Mark DeKraai,

Greater Omaha Regional Education Data Working Group Facilitation and Measure Identification

The Greater Omaha Regional Education Data Working Group wanted to develop an understanding of the region’s educational outcomes from cradle-to-career. The Public Policy Center assisted the 25 member work group by providing facilitation and measure identification expertise during the project’s launch phase. Collaborating with the Center were Dr. Helen Raikes, UNL Center for Research on […]

Researcher: Tarik Abdel-Monem,

Hazardous Waste Collection Community Engagement

The Lincoln/Lancaster County Health Department and the City of Lincoln Public Works and Utilities Department wanted to expand the Toxics-reduction Program and explore the possibility of having a permanent location for hazardous waste disposal. As part of that project expansion they wanted to provide opportunities for meaningful involvement of community members. Researchers from the Center […]

Researcher: Denise Bulling, Mark DeKraai, Stacey J. Hoffman, Janell Walther,

Hazardous Waste Site Review Committee Facilitation

The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center served as the Facilitator for the Hazardous Waste Site Review Committee. The Site Review Committee was required by statute for proposals to install and operate a hazardous waste management facility in Nebraska. The Committee reviewed a proposal by Heritage Disposal and Storage, LLC for a waste management facility […]

Researcher: Quinn Lewandowski,

HIV-AIDS: Issues in Treatment, Stigma, and Policy Symposium

A statewide symposium, HIV-AIDS: Issues in Treatment, Stigma, and Policy, sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Law/Psychology Program, UNL Psychology Department and the Public Policy Center, was held April 22-24, 1999. The symposium took an interdisciplinary approach to the investigation of three closely related issues: life-sustaining treatment for persons with HIV-AIDS; the stigma of HIV-AIDS; […]

Researcher: N/A,

Hometown Competitiveness

PPC researchers identified realistic goals and strategies to reverse rural decline, such as building leadership and community capacity, engaging youth, fostering local philanthropy, and supporting entrepreneurship. The Public Policy Center focused on the documentation of practices and experiences of the seven communities that were participating in the Hometown Center entrepreneur system during the time period.

Researcher: N/A,

Human Genome Public Policy Seminar

The Human Genome Public Policy Seminar, hosted by the Public Policy Center, convened March 24, 1999. The seminar investigated public policy implications of the Human Genome Project, the international research effort mapping the sequence of the human genome. The seminar convened select researchers and professionals with an interest in the Human Genome project to discuss […]

Researcher: N/A,

Information and Referral Data Interoperability: Planning for Disasters

The Coordinated Assistance Network (CAN) helps communities prepare for and respond to disasters. The ability to exchange up-to-date information about resources and clients is central to effective response. The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Computer Science and Engineering analyzed data exports from the CAN system and 211 […]

Researcher: Nancy Shank,

Institutional Trust and Confidence: An Interdisciplinary Workshop

This NSF funded workshop (SES-1353980) focused on advancing trust scholarship by bringing together senior and junior scholars from a variety of social science disciplines who share interest in moving toward developing truly interdisciplinary, cohesive and comprehensive theories of institutional trust. In April of 2014, scholars from around the world convened at UNL. The workshop was […]

Researcher: Mitchel N. Herian,

Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program (IGERT)

  This five-year, $3.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation funded a multidisciplinary graduate program focused on resilience and adaptive governance in stressed watersheds. This collaborative program integrated scientific, social, economic and legal aspects of managing complex water issues. The Public Policy Center worked on applicable policy and social science issues. The program educated […]

Researcher: N/A,

Investigating the Role of Distrust in Unauthorized Online Activities Using an Integrated Sociotechnical Approach

Evidence suggests that “unauthorized online behavior” motivated by social, political, economic and cultural conflicts is increasing. Yet research on stemming cyber-attacks has tended to focus on mechanisms and processes of defense, ignoring what determines and prevents the conditions that foster cyber-attacks in the first place. Advancing knowledge about distrust in general and in this specific […]

Researcher: Ashok Samal, Leen-Kiat Soh, Alan Tomkins,

Judicial Structure and Administration Task Force

This project examined options and opportunities for the judicial system to more efficiently utilize resources while preserving the core legal values of accountability, access, fairness and efficiency. The Task Force was divided into four subcommittees which examined: 1) the jurisdiction of the courts, 2) the boundaries of the state’s judicial districts, 3) the feasibility and […]

Researcher: Mitchel N. Herian,

Justice Mental Health

The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program hoped to increase public safety by facilitating collaboration among the criminal justice, juvenile justice, and mental health and substance abuse treatment systems to increase access to services for offenders with mental illness. The Program encouraged early intervention for system-involved individuals with mental illness; provided new and existing mental […]

Researcher: Mark DeKraai, Jim Harvey,

Knowledge Discovery and Information Fusion Tools for Collaborative Systems to Adaptively Manage Uncertain Hydrological Resources

There is a critical need to accurately and efficiently assess and manage water quantity. This is a challenge because water management is conducted under conditions of uncertainty about current and future water resources. Adaptive water management has become the policy heuristic for flexible water management that responds to ever changing physical and social demands. The […]

Researcher: Alan Tomkins, Lisa Pytlik Zillig,

Lancaster County Indigency Screener Project

An evaluation of a pilot program implemented in Lancaster County (Lincoln), Nebraska, designed to change the way in which a defendant’s claim of indigence is assessed by the legal system. Regardless of whether a jurisdiction uses public defenders or another form of retaining defense counsel for indigent defendants, a determination must be made regarding a […]

Researcher: N/A,

Lancaster County Public Defender Workload Assessment

Just outcomes in the criminal justice system require capable counsel for both the state and the defendant. As caseloads rise, attorneys can and do work faster. However, there is a cost: rising caseloads ultimately mean attorneys will spend less time on each case, therefore aversely impacting both defendants and the legal system. The challenge that […]

Researcher: N/A,

Legislative Workshop on Genetics Issues

The Public Policy Center hosted a legislative workshop on genetics issues on April 20, 2000 from noon to 4:15 p.m. at the Nebraska Center for Continuing Education (33rd and Holdredge St., Lincoln, NE). The workshop was for Nebraska State Senators and their staff, as well as members of the Nebraska Governor’s Commission on Human Genetic […]

Researcher: N/A,

Lincoln Community Energy Conversation

Building off the success of the Taking Charge series of public engagement efforts, the Public Policy Center again worked with the City of Lincoln to gather public input, but his time focused on the City of Lincoln’s energy and sustainability programs. The Center developed an online survey to gain insight from Lincoln residents about barriers, […]

Researcher: Alan Tomkins, Janell Walther,