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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Projects

Lancaster County Public Defender Workload Assessment

Just outcomes in the criminal justice system require capable counsel for both the state and the defendant. As caseloads rise, attorneys can and do work faster. However, there is a cost: rising caseloads ultimately mean attorneys will spend less time on each case, therefore aversely impacting both defendants and the legal system. The challenge that […]

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Legislative Workshop on Genetics Issues

The Public Policy Center hosted a legislative workshop on genetics issues on April 20, 2000 from noon to 4:15 p.m. at the Nebraska Center for Continuing Education (33rd and Holdredge St., Lincoln, NE). The workshop was for Nebraska State Senators and their staff, as well as members of the Nebraska Governor’s Commission on Human Genetic […]

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Lincoln Community Energy Conversation

Building off the success of the Taking Charge series of public engagement efforts, the Public Policy Center again worked with the City of Lincoln to gather public input, but his time focused on the City of Lincoln’s energy and sustainability programs. The Center developed an online survey to gain insight from Lincoln residents about barriers, […]

Researcher: Alan Tomkins, Janell Walther,

Lincoln Downtown Year-Round Public Market

The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center helped develop and administer a survey that was designed to explore the range of possible reactions to a downtown Lincoln “public market” or “local food market” and to provide organizers with additional information on the reasons for different reactions. Read the report below to learn more about the […]

Researcher: Lisa Pytlik Zillig,

Lincoln Reads Aloud

Lincoln Reads Aloud situates libraries and museums as leaders to ensure all children are kindergarten ready by promoting reading aloud to children aged 0 – 8. Through this project, Lincoln’s libraries and museums participate in the Prosper Lincoln Early Childhood agenda. By promoting reading aloud and providing trusted “spaces” (both inside and beyond their walls) […]

Researcher: Stacey J. Hoffman,

Lincoln Vital Signs

In 2014, leaders of Lincoln’s largest public and private charitable organizations commissioned the Lincoln Vital Signs report to help inform decisions, spark connections, and spur collaboration. Since then, Lincoln Vital Signs reports (2014, 2015, and the 2016 Behavioral Health Supplement; all available at lincolnvitalsigns.org) authored by the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center, have been […]

Researcher: Stacey J. Hoffman, Teri Perkins, Taylor Smith,

LNK Market Community Conversations

This report details the procedures and results from two public engagements conducted around the possibility of a year-round public market that might be situated in or near Lincoln’s downtown area. The purpose of these engagements was to uncover and explore the range of responses, hopes, concerns, and perceived benefits, barriers, and facilitators of a year-round […]

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Mayor’s Challenge Autonomous Shuttle Survey

Lincoln is one of 35 cities selected by Bloomberg Philanthropies as finalists in the 2018 Mayors Challenge, a nationwide competition that encourages city leaders to develop bold, inventive ideas to confront city challenges. The City of Lincoln has partnered with the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center to assess public opinion on the project through a “virtual service journey” survey […]

Researcher: Lisa Pytlik Zillig,

Medical Reserve Corps Challenge

Psychological First Aid is an evidence-informed approach for assisting children, adolescents, adults, and families following a disaster incident1. PFA training provides essential skills for disaster responders so that they are able to educate individuals about the normal physical, emotional, and behavioral responses to disasters. It also teaches responders how to recognize when and how to […]

Researcher: Ryan Lowry,

Mental Health and Chaplaincy Gap Analysis Services

This project aimed to improve mental health care for veterans and military service members by enhancing integration between chaplains and mental health professionals in programs and facilities operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD). The initiative involved a gap analysis to identify how chaplains and mental health professionals […]

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

Missouri River Ecosystem Restoration Plan (MRERP)

The Public Policy Center and the Werner Institute for Negotiation & Dispute Resolution (Creighton University’s School of Law) were contracted by the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution to facilitate civic engagement meetings to gather citizen input regarding the Missouri River Ecosystem Restoration Plan. This long-term restoration plan (it will take years to complete) is […]

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National Science Foundation National Research Traineeship Program

The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center is participating in establishing the National Science Foundation national Research Traineeship (NRT) program: Training in Theory and Application of Cross-scale Resilience in Agriculturally Dominated Social Ecological Systems. Over five years the program (https://nrt.unl.edu/), led by Dr. Craig Allen (UNL School of Natural Resources), will support 21 masters and […]

Researcher: Nancy Shank,

NDHHS Peer Support Credentialing

Peer support credentialing for Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS) began with focus group work from a previous assessment from the Transformation Technology Initiative (TTI), discovering the need to standardize peer support credentialing efforts in the state. This project facilitated stakeholders, and peers with lived experiences, in the selection of criteria for eventual […]

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ne211.org

The ne211.org website resulted from a collaboration of Nebraska organizations working to ensure that individuals have an easy means to search for health and human service agencies and programs and find the help they need. Ne211.org combined resource information from organizations who maintained databases on several thousand agencies, programs, and services across the state. The […]

Researcher: Teri Perkins,

NEBHANDS Project

The intent of NEBHANDS was to coordinate a statewide, federally-funded project to eliminate services barriers, ensure access to care, and maximize resources in the state’s behavioral health care system.The long-term goal was to ensure affordable and accessible behavioral health care to all people in Nebraska through an integrated system that maximizes the potential of the […]

Researcher: Denise Bulling, Stacey J. Hoffman, Alan Tomkins,

Nebraska 2-1-1 Information & Referal System Cost and Benefit Analysis

PPC staffers defined, described, calculated, and presented the likely costs and benefits of implementing and maintaining a 2-1-1 information and referral system in Nebraska. The study included a survey of current information and referral services in Nebraska and a cost/benefit analysis of the technical and practical aspects of implementing and maintaining a 2-1-1 system. See […]

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Nebraska Child Support Collection and Disbursement System Implementation

The Public Policy Center conducted a study of child support issues to recommend how Nebraska can preserve existing strengths and reduce or eliminate weakness in its child support customer service system as the state complied with a federal mandate to centralize the State Disbursement Unit (SDU) for the receipting and disbursement of child support payments.

Researcher: Nancy Shank,