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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.

Researcher: N/A,

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 […]

Researcher: Tarik Abdel Monem,

Agricultural Property Taxation Comparison Analysis

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 […]

Researcher: N/A,

BEAM Behavioral Health Training Center

BEAM is a new training academy for behavioral health professionals that focuses on providing continuing education training and enhancing professional skills.  See the BEAM brochure for more info. Who Should Attend:  Professionals in psychology, mental health, addictions, criminal justice, and school counseling. CE Approval: APA: Mental Health & Substance Abuse Criminal Justice 2018 Workshops: October […]

Researcher: N/A,

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 […]

Researcher: Mario Scalora,

Budgeting Outcomes and Priorities in Lincoln

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 […]

Researcher: Lisa Pytlik Zillig,

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  

Researcher: N/A,

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, […]

Researcher: N/A,

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 […]

Researcher: N/A,

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 […]

Researcher: Tarik Abdel Monem,

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 […]

Researcher: N/A,

Children’s Mental Health and Substance Abuse State Infrastructure Grant

This project built on major behavioral health system reform efforts to develop systems of care specifically for children (age birth to 5; youth; youth with co-occurring disorders; substance abuse; transition age youth). The project aimed to individualize service models for children and youth, establish culturally and linguistically appropriate practices, and form a coalition for an […]

Researcher: Denise Bulling, Kate Speck,

Chronic Mental Health: Improving Outcomes through Ambulatory Care Coordination–Southeast Nebraska Behavioral Health Information

The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center researched user adoption and clinical outcomes related to the development of the Electronic Behavioral Health Information Network (eBHIN). eBHIN is a health information exchange in Nebraska’s Behavioral Health Region V. Appropriate and timely care coordination contributes significantly to improved behavioral health outcomes for patients with chronic mental illness. […]

Researcher: N/A,

Citizen Input for Budgeting and Performance Management in Lincoln

The long-term goal of this project was to enable public managers and policymakers/elected officials to be intentional and evidence-based in selecting the components of their citizen involvement techniques used in budgeting, performance measurement, and management processes. This will maximize the value for both citizens and managers. As part of our research, we worked with the […]

Researcher: Tarik Abdel Monem, Mitchel N. Herian, Lisa Pytlik Zillig,

City of Lincoln Satisfaction Survey: “Taking Charge” (2010)

As part of Mayor Chris Beutler’s continuing Taking Charge initiative, a random sample of Lincolnites were surveyed by telephone in early December of 2009 and then an online survey was offered to residents who were not invited to take the phone survey. The results of the surveys were used to inform city budget decisions that […]

Researcher: Tarik Abdel Monem, Alan Tomkins,

Civic Health Partnership

The Public Policy Center, as a member of the Nebraska Civic Health Partnership spearheaded by Nebraskans for Civic Reform, have put together the first-ever Civic Health Index for the state of Nebraska. This Index is designed to be an interactive tool with targeted action items for all Nebraska communities to increase civic health and retain […]

Researcher: Mitchel N. Herian, Alan Tomkins,

Clinician Training & Consultation

PPC researchers can provide a schedule of training and consultation that enhance the behavioral health and human services fields and respond to requests for education of clinical supervisors that support evidence based practice. Training and consultation are focused on these main areas: Clinical Supervision Foundations (CSF) – This course is a two day research based curriculum […]

Researcher: N/A,

CLOUD-MAP: Collaboration Leading Operational UAS Development for Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics

Unmanned aerial systems (UASs) can revolutionize the study of the atmosphere, but their routine application for studying and surveilling the atmosphere requires careful consideration of the public response to such proposed use in the United States (US) national airspace system. The Public Policy Center will help CLOUD-MAP project researchers understand likely public reactions to large-scale […]

Researcher: Janell Walther,

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.

Researcher: Mark DeKraai,