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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Projects

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 […]

Nebraska System of Care Evaluation

The Nebraska System of Care (NeSOC) creates a comprehensive and sustainable system of care that is youth guided, family-driven, trauma-informed and culturally responsive to improve outcomes for children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families. Public Policy Center researchers will work with partners to collect service-level data on individuals and families to complete […]

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 […]

Evaluation of Integrated Mental/Physical Health 360 Program

Individuals with serious mental illness or substance use issues generally have more serious physical health problems than the general population; yet this population has difficulty accessing appropriate medical care through the traditional health care system. Lutheran Family Services and People’s Health Center have developed the Health 360 program, a new integrated approach which provides behavioral […]

Ending Chronic Homelessness: Evaluation

The Public Policy Center will serve as the program evaluator for a three-year project aiming to end chronic homelessness in Lincoln, NE. Through a collaboration of Region V Behavioral Health Systems, CenterPointe, and the Mental Health Association, the project will provide housing, behavioral health treatment, and peer and employment supports to persons experiencing chronic homelessness […]

Nebraska Driver’s License Service Delivery Model Analysis

The Public Policy Center conducted a series of benefit and cost analyses to answer questions about preferred licensing service delivery models for the State of Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The study focused on monetized benefits and costs and also acknowledged those that weren’t monetized. The final product was a report of findings with […]

Hazardous Waste Site Review Committee Facilitation

The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center served as the Facilitator for the Hazardous Waste Site Review Committee. The Site Review Committee was required by statute for proposals to install and operate a hazardous waste management facility in Nebraska. The Committee reviewed a proposal by Heritage Disposal and Storage, LLC for a waste management facility […]

Drought Planning Using Community Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment

This project utilizes climate data from the Platte River basin to develop and implement a decision-support model for drought planning using the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) process. THIRA is a Federal Emergency Management Agency-mandated risk assessment process to identify threats and develop capability targets to inform planning and preparedness. The Platte […]

Early Learning Contexts in Rural and Urban Nebraska

This project investigates cumulative influences on early learning and achievement for young children at economic disadvantage across rural and urban settings in Nebraska through three complementary and prospective studies. This research will provide reliable information for policymakers and practitioners to understand variations in practices that augment transitions and early learning; determine malleable factors that improve […]

Taking Charge 2016

Once again, the Public Policy Center partnered with the City of Lincoln Mayor’s office to gather public opinions on particular issues of importance to Lincoln residents. The 2016 Taking Charge resident survey and Community Conversation addressed issues relating to a budget shortfall, as well as allow residents to given input into future City priorities. Residents […]