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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Projects

Governor’s Early Childhood Mental Health Initiative

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services contracted with the Public Policy Center to administer this project. The Governor’s initiative was designed to develop an integrated system of mental health care using a collaborative network of existing providers and new services that fill critical gaps in the current system for young children (prenatal to […]

Researcher: N/A,

Great Plains Association of Threat Assessment Professionals Fall Training Event

Sponsored by the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center and the Great Plains Chapter of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (GPATAP), the annual GPATAP Fall Training Event focuses on integrating aspects of threat assessment and mental health issues. For the 2018 training, there will be an emphasis on both school and corporate environments, and […]

Researcher: Kate Speck,

Great Plains Public Health Training Center Evaluation

The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center conducted an evaluation of the Great Plains Public Health Training Center (GPPHTC), one of the nation’s HRSA-funded, congressionally mandated public health training centers. The evaluation was conducted of the first two years of the GPPHTC’s operations, which was based out of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College […]

Researcher: Stacey J. Hoffman, Mark DeKraai,

Greater Omaha Regional Education Data Working Group Facilitation and Measure Identification

The Greater Omaha Regional Education Data Working Group wanted to develop an understanding of the region’s educational outcomes from cradle-to-career. The Public Policy Center assisted the 25 member work group by providing facilitation and measure identification expertise during the project’s launch phase. Collaborating with the Center were Dr. Helen Raikes, UNL Center for Research on […]

Researcher: Tarik Abdel-Monem,

Hazardous Waste Collection Community Engagement

The Lincoln/Lancaster County Health Department and the City of Lincoln Public Works and Utilities Department wanted to expand the Toxics-reduction Program and explore the possibility of having a permanent location for hazardous waste disposal. As part of that project expansion they wanted to provide opportunities for meaningful involvement of community members. Researchers from the Center […]

Researcher: Denise Bulling, Mark DeKraai, Stacey J. Hoffman, Janell Walther,

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 […]

Researcher: Quinn Lewandowski,

HIV-AIDS: Issues in Treatment, Stigma, and Policy Symposium

A statewide symposium, HIV-AIDS: Issues in Treatment, Stigma, and Policy, sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Law/Psychology Program, UNL Psychology Department and the Public Policy Center, was held April 22-24, 1999. The symposium took an interdisciplinary approach to the investigation of three closely related issues: life-sustaining treatment for persons with HIV-AIDS; the stigma of HIV-AIDS; […]

Researcher: N/A,

Homeland Security Planning Project

The goal of Nebraska’s homeland security planning project is to engage local jurisdictions in regional planning that strengthens and integrates local, regional and state emergency management plans and processes. Planning capabilities will be sustained via establishment of a statewide planning community. The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center provides technical assistance to enhance the capacity […]

Researcher: Mark DeKraai, Kate Speck, Janell Walther,

Hometown Competitiveness

PPC researchers identified realistic goals and strategies to reverse rural decline, such as building leadership and community capacity, engaging youth, fostering local philanthropy, and supporting entrepreneurship. The Public Policy Center focused on the documentation of practices and experiences of the seven communities that were participating in the Hometown Center entrepreneur system during the time period.

Researcher: N/A,

Human Genome Public Policy Seminar

The Human Genome Public Policy Seminar, hosted by the Public Policy Center, convened March 24, 1999. The seminar investigated public policy implications of the Human Genome Project, the international research effort mapping the sequence of the human genome. The seminar convened select researchers and professionals with an interest in the Human Genome project to discuss […]

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Increasing the Capacity for Municipal Climate Adaptation Planning in the Lower Missouri River Basin States

This project brings together University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers from the Nebraska State Climate Office, High Plains Regional Climate Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Community and Regional Planning Program, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Bureau of Sociological Research, and University of Nebraska Public Policy Center to help municipalities across the Midwest plan for changes in climate. Projected changes have […]

Researcher: Tarik Abdel-Monem,

Information and Referral Data Interoperability: Planning for Disasters

The Coordinated Assistance Network (CAN) helps communities prepare for and respond to disasters. The ability to exchange up-to-date information about resources and clients is central to effective response. The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Computer Science and Engineering analyzed data exports from the CAN system and 211 […]

Researcher: Nancy Shank,

Institutional Trust and Confidence: An Interdisciplinary Workshop

This NSF funded workshop (SES-1353980) focused on advancing trust scholarship by bringing together senior and junior scholars from a variety of social science disciplines who share interest in moving toward developing truly interdisciplinary, cohesive and comprehensive theories of institutional trust. In April of 2014, scholars from around the world convened at UNL. The workshop was […]

Researcher: Mitchel N. Herian,

Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program (IGERT)

  This five-year, $3.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation funded a multidisciplinary graduate program focused on resilience and adaptive governance in stressed watersheds. This collaborative program integrated scientific, social, economic and legal aspects of managing complex water issues. The Public Policy Center worked on applicable policy and social science issues. The program educated […]

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Investigating the Role of Distrust in Unauthorized Online Activities Using an Integrated Sociotechnical Approach

Evidence suggests that “unauthorized online behavior” motivated by social, political, economic and cultural conflicts is increasing. Yet research on stemming cyber-attacks has tended to focus on mechanisms and processes of defense, ignoring what determines and prevents the conditions that foster cyber-attacks in the first place. Advancing knowledge about distrust in general and in this specific […]

Researcher: Ashok Samal, Leen-Kiat Soh, Alan Tomkins,

Judicial Structure and Administration Task Force

This project examined options and opportunities for the judicial system to more efficiently utilize resources while preserving the core legal values of accountability, access, fairness and efficiency. The Task Force was divided into four subcommittees which examined: 1) the jurisdiction of the courts, 2) the boundaries of the state’s judicial districts, 3) the feasibility and […]

Researcher: Mitchel N. Herian,

Justice Mental Health

The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program hoped to increase public safety by facilitating collaboration among the criminal justice, juvenile justice, and mental health and substance abuse treatment systems to increase access to services for offenders with mental illness. The Program encouraged early intervention for system-involved individuals with mental illness; provided new and existing mental […]

Researcher: Mark DeKraai, Jim Harvey,

Knowledge Discovery and Information Fusion Tools for Collaborative Systems to Adaptively Manage Uncertain Hydrological Resources

There is a critical need to accurately and efficiently assess and manage water quantity. This is a challenge because water management is conducted under conditions of uncertainty about current and future water resources. Adaptive water management has become the policy heuristic for flexible water management that responds to ever changing physical and social demands. The […]

Researcher: Alan Tomkins, Lisa Pytlik Zillig,

Lancaster County Adult Drug Court Evaluation

The Nebraska Public Policy Center has conducted two evaluations for the Lancaster County Adult Drug Court. The first was a three year program evaluation of the Lancaster County Adult Drug Court conducted from October 2010 through September 2013 and the second evaluation was conducted from October 2014 through September 2017. The purpose of the evaluations […]

Researcher: Denise Bulling, Stacey J. Hoffman, Kate Speck, Tarik Abdel-Monem, Taylor Smith,

Lancaster County Indigency Screener Project

An evaluation of a pilot program implemented in Lancaster County (Lincoln), Nebraska, designed to change the way in which a defendant’s claim of indigence is assessed by the legal system. Regardless of whether a jurisdiction uses public defenders or another form of retaining defense counsel for indigent defendants, a determination must be made regarding a […]

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