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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Projects

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Community Development

We partner with leaders to work on improving local communities. In Lincoln, our research led to the establishment of a community-wide agenda called Prosper Lincoln, which focuses on early childhood, employment skills, and innovation and entrepreneurship. As we build to our big premiere, check out this third excerpt from our new promotional video, which features […]

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Disaster Preparedness and Response

Our team of researchers work around the state and the country, sharing their research and offering training on disaster preparedness and response. We work to help Nebraskans effectively respond to the psychological effects of terrorism and disaster. As we build to our big premiere, check out this first excerpt from our new promotional video, which […]

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School Safety and Threat Assessment

The Center’s impact reaches every Nebraska county with our research and training. Our threat assessment expertise has an impact at a national level and our school threat assessment training has reached over 100 Nebraska school districts and over 65,000 teachers. As we build to our big premiere, check out this fourth excerpt from our new […]

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Transforming Ideas into Action

The Center bridges the gap between ideas and action with data-driven analysis and research that focuses on improving our community. We help government, non-profit, and private organizations work together, apply evidence-based research, and create solutions that achieve results. As we build to our big premiere, check out this last excerpt from our new promotional video, […]

The Influence of Subjective and Objective Rural School Security on Law Enforcement Engagement: A Mixed Methods Study

The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center is partnering with the Nebraska Department of Education on a study that examines how perceptions and organization of school safety and security relate to law enforcement engagement in rural schools across the state of Nebraska. While rural schools engage with law enforcement, they often do not label the […]

To Approach Good Choices or To Avoid Bad Choices?: How Approach and Avoidance “Nudge” Policies Affect Public Trust and Policy Support

“Nudges”–small changes in choice architecture–exert powerful effects on behavior. Governments have taken notice and nudge-related laws and policies have been developed to influence citizens. However, little is known about how people perceive these policies. How do various nudges affect trust in the institutions passing the policies? Who embraces such policies and who rejects them? This […]

Training in Theory and Application of Cross-scale Resilience in Agriculturally Dominated Social Ecological Systems

The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center along with other University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers, led by Craig Allen (School of Natural Resources) received a five year National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program grant to establish an interdisciplinary graduate training program focused on understanding resilience and vulnerability in agricultural landscapes. Approximately 20 master’s and doctoral students […]

Trust and Confidence Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellow

Although various theories of trust and confidence have been proposed, no comprehensive framework yet exists. Trust and confidence research has been undermined by failures to develop models that incorporate the various trust- and confidence-related factors, a lack of clarity regarding what is even meant by trust- and confidence-related terms, and so on. This postdoctoral fellow […]