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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Past Projects

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 […]

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 […]

Taking Charge 2014

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 […]

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 […]

Privatization Process Evaluation

The Public Policy Center evaluated the privatization of behavioral health services that took place during 2013 – 2014 in Nebraska’s Region V System service area. The Community Mental Health Center, operated by the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners (Board), was one of the key providers of behavioral health services within the network of Region V […]

Expanded Learning Opportunities: Funding

The Public Policy Center created a series of working papers that explored the funding of Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELOs). ELOs are programs for school-age children and youth (P-12) that take place during out-of-school hours. White papers explored the variety of private and public funding being used by ELOs across the nation, presented the use of […]

Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District Facilitation

The Public Policy Center facilitated strategic planning sessions for Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District (CNPPID). Center researchers worked with the CNPPID executive team and staff to set agendas, plan meetings and retreats, design surveys, and analyze results all with the intention of assisting CNPPID in defining goals, benchmarks, and metrics for measuring success […]

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.

Do ‘Nudge’ Policies affect Free Will and Public Trust?

“Nudges,” or small changes in the way options are presented to people, exert powerful effects on behavior. Both the U.K. and U.S. governments have taken notice of research documenting these effects and nudge-related policies have been developed to influence citizens’ behaviors. However, no one knows how citizens perceive these policies. Under what conditions are such […]