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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Past Projects

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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; […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]