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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Projects

Collaborative County Approaches to Reducing the Prevalence of Individuals with Mental Disorders in Jail

The Public Policy Center is partnering with Region 1 Behavioral Health Authority in a collaborative approach to reducing the prevalence of individuals with mental health disorders in jail. This National Institute of Justice grant funded program focuses on Scottsbluff County in the Panhandle of Nebraska. The Public Policy Center is assisting with facilitation and evaluation […]

Community Assessment & Education to Promote Behavioral Health Planning and Evaluation (CAPE) Phase II: Innovation Communities

The Public Policy Center teamed up with several Lincoln organizations to identify behavioral health data that provide insights into community trends. Through this project, existing administrative data was compiled to increase community knowledge about behavioral health and created a context for behavioral health system action. One of four “innovation community” projects across the United States, […]

Community Services Initiative (CSI)

This initiative integrated planning and implementation of the City/County’s Human Services Plan across the health and human services community as well as the public. Goals included key policy decisions emanating from the human services community, not a proscriptive process controlled solely by funders. Community Service Initiative facilitated participation and input by representatives from the service […]

Comprehensive School Safety Initiative

The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center collaborated with the Nebraska Department of Education to conduct a research study that examines how safety perceptions and organization of school safety and security are associated with level and type of law enforcement engagement in rural schools. While rural schools engage with law enforcement, they utilize a variety […]

Connecting Volunteers – Protecting Communities

This project increases community resilience in urban and rural areas by equipping volunteer responders with Psychological First Aid (PFA) skills. The Public Policy Center will work with the Eastern Nebraska/Western Iowa Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) to increase the capacity to deliver PFA training to volunteers by developing a cadre of trainers within the MRC, creating […]

Cost Benefit Analysis of the 2-1-1 Texas Information and Referral Network

The Public Policy Center was contracted to help to produce a statistical analysis of the net benefits and costs of the 2-1-1 Texas Information and Referral Network operations. Center researchers helped to develop a solid methodology to produce a rigorous analysis and report. Our primary contribution was in the area of assessing the relevant benefit/costs […]

Countering Violent Extremism

The Public Policy Center is partnering with Nebraska Emergency Management and Two Rivers Public Health Department in a project funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security focused on countering violent extremism (CVE). The project focuses on identification of barriers to reporting potential signs of radicalization and preferred community strategies for addressing these barriers, especially […]

Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Program

The Public Policy Center partnered with the Nebraska Statewide Critical Incident Stress Management Program to update the program policies and procedures and augment the state’s infrastructure for supporting emergency response personnel after a critical incident. The partnership built on the strength of the CISM program by linking it with researchers whose work enhanced the program’s […]

Developing a Social-Cognitive, Multilevel, Empirically-Based Model of Public Engagement for the Shaping of Science and Innovation Policy

Public engagements involving residents, scientists, and policymakers are increasingly being used to shape policy in the US. Despite the attention paid to such engagements, there is a lack of knowledge and theory concerning which forms, features, and contexts of public engagements are meaningful to participants and produce insightful information that is useful to scientists and […]