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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Projects

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 Workshop: December […]

North Central Planning Exercise and Training Law Enforcement Project

The North Central School Safety & Security Project seeks to promote school safety and security by engaging stakeholders in safety and security planning, providing training, and creating access to resources. This project is provided by the North Central Planning, Exercise, and Training (PET) Region. For more about the 22-County North Central Region, visit Nebraska’s Homeland Security […]

Research and Evaluation of Courts Pilot Public Engagement Projects

The Public Engagement Pilot Initiative is a joint collaboration of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center.  The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) is initiating up to six pilot projects to learn more about how courts can best engage the public to overcome social inequities and […]

Mayor’s Challenge Autonomous Shuttle Survey

Lincoln is one of 35 cities selected by Bloomberg Philanthropies as finalists in the 2018 Mayors Challenge, a nationwide competition that encourages city leaders to develop bold, inventive ideas to confront city challenges. The City of Lincoln has partnered with the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center to assess public opinion on the project through a “virtual service journey” survey […]

Enabling Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Fire Ignitions in Complex Firefighting Contexts

Prescribed fire is critical for reducing catastrophic wildfires and sustaining healthy ecosystems. Yet the technology to support fire ignition and monitoring remains stagnant, risky, and expensive. This project aims to develop the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) technology that can transform prescribed fire ignition and monitoring by: 1) enabling the communication between UASs and humans by […]

Using Motivational Interviewing to Enhance Autonomy, Trust, and Parenting Plan Effectiveness

This project brings together practitioner experts from the College of Law, the Mediation Center, and the Office of Dispute Resolution, with research experts from the Public Policy Center,[1] to conduct a pilot project and generate data that will be leveraged to apply for an NSF Law and Social Sciences grant. The team’s long-term goal is […]

Lincoln Downtown Year-Round Public Market

The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center helped develop and administer a survey that was designed to explore the range of possible reactions to a downtown Lincoln “public market” or “local food market” and to provide organizers with additional information on the reasons for different reactions. Read the report below to learn more about the […]

Developing a MOOCocracy Prototype to Increase Public Understanding of Food Insecurity

As the need to provide public education about food insecurity grows, citizens are increasingly turning to the Internet for information about critical issues impacting their communities, the nation, and the world.  Social networks, distance education courses, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are connecting thousands of people from around the globe about social issues.  Through […]