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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Projects

Evaluation of Location-Based Services for Police

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are used by police departments to visualize the location of crime events and addresses of persons of interest stored in a centralized database on a digital map and to model crime patterns for criminal activity prediction. Most police departments, however, have not yet integrated their GIS data with Automated Vehicle Location […]

Evaluation of Nebraska Energy Office’s Weatherization Program

The Nebraska Energy Office’s Weatherization Program enables low-income families in Nebraska to reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient. For this project, the Public Policy Center worked with the Raikes School of Computer Science and Management and the Bureau of Sociological Research to examine the impacts of these improvements and investments […]

Evaluation of the Nebraska Dollar and Energy Savings Loan Program

The Nebraska Dollar and Energy Savings Loan Program was designed in 1990 to make low interest loans available to finance home, building and system energy improvements. Loans have been made to residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural customers, typically for heating, cooling, windows, siding or insulation. The Public Policy Center worked with the Raikes School of […]

Expanded Learning Opportunities Fund Mapping

In January 2008, Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman hosted the Governor’s Summit for Expanded Learning Opportunities. “Expanded learning opportunities” programs are those that provide early childhood programs for children from birth to five, afterschool programs for school-age children (including Community Learning Center programs), and parental involvement programs. The Summit explored collaborative efforts of schools and community […]

Expanded Learning Opportunities: Funding

The Public Policy Center created a series of working papers that explored the funding of Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELOs). ELOs are programs for school-age children and youth (P-12) that take place during out-of-school hours. White papers explored the variety of private and public funding being used by ELOs across the nation, presented the use of […]

Facilitating an Assessment of Fit of Results Based Accountability

Center researchers facilitated a process for the United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County to assess how Results Based Accountability could contribute to documenting community impact and create a bridge to emerging community agendas and metrics. Center staff articulated how RBA might offer improvements to existing approaches, discussed different frameworks for improving data collection, use, […]

Facilitation of Lower Platte South Natural Resources District Workshops

University of Nebraska Public Policy Center partnered with the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute to design and deliver a two part, eight hour futures workshop for the Board of Directors of the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District. Faculty from UNL who presented at the workshops included: Nick Brozović (Water for Food Institute), […]

Fusion Ethnic Self-Help Project

Lincoln is among the largest resettlement sites per capita in the country. A collaboration of ethnic community organizations and other health and human services organizations gathered in 2006 with this vision: For refugee families in Lincoln, Lancaster County, NE to achieve self-sufficiency and social and civic integration into their new country and new communities. To […]

Gambler’s Assistance Program Evaluation Project

The purpose of this project was to evaluate the effectiveness of the Nebraska’s Gamblers Assistance Program in order to inform policy-makers about possible changes and improvements to the program. The program had four specific goals: Conduct a formative evaluation of the Gamblers Assistance Program Establish an ongoing participatory process for evaluation relevant to quality improvement for policy […]

Gamblers Assistance Program Standards Facilitation

The Gamblers Assistance Program project initiated the facilitation of a work group identified through the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS) Gamblers Assistance Program stakeholders to identify behavioral health clinical supervision standards, best practices, and recommendations for clinical supervision scholarship processes. The group also created a problem gambling credentialing scholarship process to assist […]