Center researchers, working closely with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services – Division of Public Health developed a Brief Evaluation Protocol for use in evaluating public health surveillance systems. Two systems were evaluated during the development of this protocol: the Nebraska State Immunization Information System (NESIIS), and the Adult Tobacco Survey (ATS). Public […]
The aims of this project were to discover what the American public thinks about the performance of state and local courts and identify different levels of confidence in and satisfaction with the courts.
This project explored options for an effective, efficient data source for consumers, case managers, and organizations to use to find and promote health and human services programs.
This was an evaluation of a pilot project aimed at reducing failure to appear in court for a defendant’s misdemeanor hearing. The rate at which criminal defendants fail to appear in court is as high as 25-30%, depending on the jurisdiction and type of offense. Failure to appear increases workloads and expenditures for the courts […]
The reEnergize program was a joint effort between Omaha and Lincoln to finance residential energy evaluations and energy upgrades for more than 1,300 local properties. Funded by a $10 million federal grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, this program reached 485 residences in Lincoln before expiring in May of 2013. The Public Policy […]
Region V Systems (Region V) is the legislatively-designated authority responsible for planning, coordinating, and contracting for publicly-funded behavioral health services in the 16-county region in southeast Nebraska. The Public Policy Center consulted with Region V to assist them in developing greater internal capacity for continuous quality improvement, particularly in the area of outcomes-focused measurement. The […]
The PPC facilitated meetings of the 26 member Republican River Basin Sustainability Task Force, preparing the first drafts of the required reports on behalf of the task force, and otherwise generally assist the task force as needed. The purposes of the task force as established by LB 1057 (2010), were to define water sustainability, develop […]
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 […]
The Public Health Solutions District Health Department is conducting a “Rural Heart Rescue” project that aims to increase survival of cardiac events within a five-county rural area in Nebraska. The project equips bystanders to intervene during cardiac events through the placement of Automated External Defibrillators (AED) units in public places and increases bystander awareness of […]
This project was an investigation of how science had been considered and employed in developing options to divert water from North Dakota to Manitoba. Two questions were explored: (1) What role, if any, does science play in governmental deliberations and intergovernmental processes that may produce ecological consequences of uncertain scale, magnitude and scope in another […]