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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Projects

2-1-1 in the Mid-South Delta: A Collective Case Study

This project provided evaluation and consultation assistance for the Mid-South Delta Initiative Project (MSDI), which provided financial and technical assistance resources to 2-1-1s in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita highlighted the need for scalable statewide 2-1-1s in the Gulf Coast region.

A Community Conversation: Future of Lincoln

On the evening of February 24th, 2005, 162 randomly selected residents of Lincoln/Lancaster County gathered to participate in “A Community Conversation: Future of Lincoln”, on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The Conversation provided an opportunity for ordinary Lincolnites to discuss their views about the city’s future development plans and quality of life. The […]

Assessing Human Security Supports within Islamic Schools in Thailand

The Public Policy Center is partnering with researchers at Fatoni University and Yala Rajabhat University in Thailand to assess human security, behavioral health, and educational supports for students and teachers in community Islamic schools (‘ponok’). Center researchers and partners will collect and analyze data through a mixed methods approach to measure perceptions of human security […]

By the People

By the People was a project that incorporated discussion, linkages, and community involvement from Nebraska into a nationwide conversation about America’s role in the world and its relevance to local concerns. 2007 Dialogues in Democracy 2006 Your Water 2005 State of Education 2004 America in the World October Deliberation Day  

Calibration in Court: Jurors’ Use of Scientific Information

As information becomes increasingly accessible, people are processing more, and more complex, information than ever before. Often this information contains, or is based on, scientific research. The validity and reliability of various kinds of scientific information varies widely, and laypeople are poorly equipped to differentiate between weak and strong scientific information when making decisions—that is, […]

Carbon Sequestration Project

Center researchers examined the viability of carbon sequestration (the long-term storage of carbon in the terrestrial biosphere, underground, or the oceans so that the buildup of carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere will be reduced or slowed) as a commodity from legal, social, and policy perspectives. Special attention was paid to whether there were market […]

Central Great Plains Climate Education Partnership

The Central Great Plains Climate Education Partnership (CGP-CEP) was formed to create a strategic plan for enhancing climate education of three primary target groups: agricultural producers, K-12 educators, and rural communities. The Public Policy Center, High Plains Regional Climate Center, National Center for Research on Rural Education, Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy, KSU Office […]