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.
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 […]
In 1999, the Public Policy Center was approached by a member of the Executive Board of the Nebraska Legislature to study agricultural property taxation in the state. The report, “Agricultural Property Taxation: A Comparative Analysis,” was written by Brandon G.Y. Raddatz, an advanced undergraduate research assistant under the supervision of Bruce B. Johnson, Ph.D., a […]
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 […]
The purpose of the project was to develop an integrated strategic plan, including the perspectives of consumers and families as well as government officials and service providers, to guide the behavioral health system (i.e., mental health, substance abuse and gambling) in Nebraska.
Behavioral Health Workforce Development in Nebraska Department of Correctional Services and Nebraska Health and Human Services (LB 242)
The Nebraska Legislature has appropriated funding over two years to the Nebraska Board of Regents for the recruitment of graduate students training as behavioral health professionals. For this project, the Public Policy Center partnered with the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN), the Department of Correctional Services, and the Department of Health and Human […]
The goal of this project, initially launched in the winter of 2008 and completed later in the spring, was to solicit public opinion about how the City of Lincoln should spend its tax dollars. A scientific phone survey of 600 randomly selected residents was undertaken by the Public Policy Center, working with the University of […]
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
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, […]
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 […]