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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Projects

United Way Fund Allocation Facilitation and Evaluation

During 2003, the United Way of Lincoln/Lancaster County and the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center surveyed agencies and volunteers about the fund distribution process. The goals of the examination were to: 1. Identify the perception of agencies and volunteers about the overall fund distribution process; and, 2. Compare a new process piloted in the […]

University of Nebraska Public Policy Center – Sound Research. Smart policy. Positive Impact.

After more than twenty years working to improve communities around Nebraska, the Public Policy Center is proud to share some of the work we do around the state in a brand new promotional video.

UNL Global Virtual Exchange Project

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Global Virtual Project (https://globalnebraska.unl.edu/), launched in Spring 2018, integrates transnational collaborative learning through virtual exchanges in seven courses in communication studies, computer science, creative writing, ethnic studies, hospitality and tourism management, journalism, and modern languages and literatures. The Stevens Initiative (http://www.stevensinitiative.org/) is an international effort to build career and global competencies […]

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 […]

Water and Community Development Project

This project was to assisted rural communities in complying with changes in permissible levels of arsenic in public drinking water supplies and to explore joint community opportunities in doing so. The Public Policy Center helped to coordinate efforts between stakeholders, allowing experts in many areas to discuss related issues and advise rural communities.

Water Funding Task Force Facilitation

The Public Policy Center was asked to provide assistance and discussion relative to facilitating the initial meeting of the Legislatively-created Water Funding Task Force. This included assistance on topics such as: election of officers, selection of a consultant, suggested meeting schedules, potential educational assistance, and potential roles for Task Force members.

Water Policy Discussion

Center staff were tasked with engaging a group of Nebraskans in a discussion about water management policies such as the Interstate Republic River Compact, the Platte River Habitat Recovery Plan, and a variety of other water quality and quantity issues affecting the environmental and economic well-being of the state. Four senators from the Unicameral’s Natural […]

Western Nebraska Health Information Exchange

PPC researchers were asked to facilitate the secure electronic sharing of health information between providers in the Nebraska Panhandle in order to make patient information more easily accessible and to ensure high-quality care for rural residents. One of the early successes of the project was the opening of the Regional West Medical Center (RWMC) portal […]

Wide River Technology Extension Center Workforce Development

Through a collaborative partnership with the Wide River Technology Extension Center (TEC), the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center coordinated efforts among Nebraska’s post-secondary institutions to promote integration of health IT into the initial and ongoing training of health professionals and support staff. The Workforce Development project was a component of the Wide River TEC’s […]

Women, Children and Family Treatment (WCFT) Program

The Public Policy Center served as a third party evaluator of the Heartland Family Service’s Residential Program for Women and Children, with an emphasis on pregnant and postpartum women (PPW). Our researchers assessed how well the program met the needs of their clientele and how the program effected levels of crime and violence.