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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Past Projects

Mental Health and Chaplaincy Gap Analysis Services

This project aimed to improve mental health care for veterans and military service members by enhancing integration between chaplains and mental health professionals in programs and facilities operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD). The initiative involved a gap analysis to identify how chaplains and mental health professionals […]

Researcher: Tarik Abdel-Monem, Denise Bulling, Stacey J. Hoffman, Kate Speck,

Missouri River Ecosystem Restoration Plan (MRERP)

The Public Policy Center and the Werner Institute for Negotiation & Dispute Resolution (Creighton University’s School of Law) were contracted by the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution to facilitate civic engagement meetings to gather citizen input regarding the Missouri River Ecosystem Restoration Plan. This long-term restoration plan (it will take years to complete) is […]

Researcher: N/A,

NDHHS Peer Support Credentialing

Peer support credentialing for Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS) began with focus group work from a previous assessment from the Transformation Technology Initiative (TTI), discovering the need to standardize peer support credentialing efforts in the state. This project facilitated stakeholders, and peers with lived experiences, in the selection of criteria for eventual […]

Researcher: N/A,

ne211.org

The ne211.org website resulted from a collaboration of Nebraska organizations working to ensure that individuals have an easy means to search for health and human service agencies and programs and find the help they need. Ne211.org combined resource information from organizations who maintained databases on several thousand agencies, programs, and services across the state. The […]

Researcher: Teri Perkins,

NEBHANDS Project

The intent of NEBHANDS was to coordinate a statewide, federally-funded project to eliminate services barriers, ensure access to care, and maximize resources in the state’s behavioral health care system.The long-term goal was to ensure affordable and accessible behavioral health care to all people in Nebraska through an integrated system that maximizes the potential of the […]

Researcher: Denise Bulling, Stacey J. Hoffman, Alan Tomkins,

Nebraska 2-1-1 Information & Referal System Cost and Benefit Analysis

PPC staffers defined, described, calculated, and presented the likely costs and benefits of implementing and maintaining a 2-1-1 information and referral system in Nebraska. The study included a survey of current information and referral services in Nebraska and a cost/benefit analysis of the technical and practical aspects of implementing and maintaining a 2-1-1 system. See […]

Researcher: N/A,

Nebraska Child Support Collection and Disbursement System Implementation

The Public Policy Center conducted a study of child support issues to recommend how Nebraska can preserve existing strengths and reduce or eliminate weakness in its child support customer service system as the state complied with a federal mandate to centralize the State Disbursement Unit (SDU) for the receipting and disbursement of child support payments.

Researcher: Nancy Shank,

Nebraska Department of Education Career Technical Education Survey

This study aimed to identify perceptions of Nebraska Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs among secondary CTE teachers, math and science teachers, principals, curriculum directors, and superintendents within Nebraska’s public schools. The Nebraska Department of Education was in the process of revising the state standards and curriculum frameworks for career technical education. The results were […]

Researcher: N/A,

Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles Business Case for Vehicle Title Registration System

The DMV is statutorily charged with ensuring motor vehicles are properly titled and registered. The current Vehicle Title Registration System (VTR) was developed in the 1990s and is used in all Nebraska counties and the state office. It is the information system used to manage, calculate taxes, and track vehicle title registrations at the point […]

Researcher: N/A,

Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles Strategic Plan Development

Researchers from the Public Policy Center provided facilitation and process expertise to the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to assist in the development of a strategic plan for the agency. This resulted in a thorough review of internal documentation and a five year strategic plan that incorporated feedback from key internal and external stakeholders […]

Researcher: Mark DeKraai, Janell Walther,

Nebraska Driver’s License Service Delivery Model Analysis

The Public Policy Center conducted a series of benefit and cost analyses to answer questions about preferred licensing service delivery models for the State of Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The study focused on monetized benefits and costs and also acknowledged those that weren’t monetized. The final product was a report of findings with […]

Researcher: N/A,

Nebraska Integrated Information and Referral Project

This project developed the technological link between propriety software and existing xml standards to enable resource information sharing (locally and nationally). Tools created by this project enable linking disparate resource databases using the market-leading proprietary software. The project identified and resolved semantic conflicts by developing a codified data format structure, and data conflicts by creating […]

Researcher: Nancy Shank,

Nebraska Minority and Justice Task Force

The Nebraska Supreme Court and the Nebraska State Bar Association, with the assistance of the Public Policy Center, established the Minority and Justice Task Force in 2001 to identify actual or perceived racial/ethnic bias and discrimination in the Nebraska justice system and make recommendations to the Supreme Court on how to address any identified inequities. […]

Researcher: N/A,

Nebraska Minority Justice Committee

The Nebraska Minority Justice Committee (MJC) is a unique statewide collaboration that works to develop and implement just and sustainable policy reforms that will not only improve the system of justice but will also strengthen public trust and confidence in our laws and court system. The Committee is a joint effort of the Nebraska State […]

Researcher: N/A,

Nebraska State Patrol NIAC Outreach and Engagement

Center researchers worked to establish a training institute with the Nebraska Information Analysis Center (NIAC) and its stakeholders to strengthen relationships, collaborate, and enhance the use of data at the local level. This project was intended to facilitate the flow of information between NIAC and area law enforcement to better serve the information and intelligence […]

Researcher: Denise Bulling, Mark DeKraai,