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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Projects

Nebraska Citizen Corps/Medical Reserve Corps Program

The Citizen Corps Program is a national effort to make communities safer and better prepared to respond to threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds through education, training, and volunteer service. Five partner programs are affiliated with Citizen Corps: Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), Volunteers in […]

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Nebraska Department of Education Career Technical Education Survey

This study aimed to identify perceptions of Nebraska Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs among secondary CTE teachers, math and science teachers, principals, curriculum directors, and superintendents within Nebraska’s public schools. The Nebraska Department of Education was in the process of revising the state standards and curriculum frameworks for career technical education. The results were […]

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Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles Business Case for Vehicle Title Registration System

The DMV is statutorily charged with ensuring motor vehicles are properly titled and registered. The current Vehicle Title Registration System (VTR) was developed in the 1990s and is used in all Nebraska counties and the state office. It is the information system used to manage, calculate taxes, and track vehicle title registrations at the point […]

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Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles Strategic Plan Development

Researchers from the Public Policy Center provided facilitation and process expertise to the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to assist in the development of a strategic plan for the agency. This resulted in a thorough review of internal documentation and a five year strategic plan that incorporated feedback from key internal and external stakeholders […]

Researcher: Mark DeKraai, Janell Walther,

Nebraska Department of Natural Resources Consultation

PPC researchers are working with Department of Natural Resources senior leadership and division leaders to provide consultation and research, design survey tools, and compile data to support the department’s mission. Some of the products of the consultation have been: Assessment of Nebraskans’ views of water management Evaluation of employee experiences Development of outcome-oriented metrics Surveys […]

Researcher: Alan Tomkins, Stacey J. Hoffman,

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 […]

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Nebraska Integrated Information and Referral Project

This project developed the technological link between propriety software and existing xml standards to enable resource information sharing (locally and nationally). Tools created by this project enable linking disparate resource databases using the market-leading proprietary software. The project identified and resolved semantic conflicts by developing a codified data format structure, and data conflicts by creating […]

Researcher: Nancy Shank,

Nebraska Minority and Justice Task Force

The Nebraska Supreme Court and the Nebraska State Bar Association, with the assistance of the Public Policy Center, established the Minority and Justice Task Force in 2001 to identify actual or perceived racial/ethnic bias and discrimination in the Nebraska justice system and make recommendations to the Supreme Court on how to address any identified inequities. […]

Researcher: N/A,

Nebraska Minority Justice Committee

The Nebraska Minority Justice Committee (MJC) is a unique statewide collaboration that works to develop and implement just and sustainable policy reforms that will not only improve the system of justice but will also strengthen public trust and confidence in our laws and court system. The Committee is a joint effort of the Nebraska State […]

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Nebraska State Patrol NIAC Outreach and Engagement

Center researchers worked to establish a training institute with the Nebraska Information Analysis Center (NIAC) and its stakeholders to strengthen relationships, collaborate, and enhance the use of data at the local level. This project was intended to facilitate the flow of information between NIAC and area law enforcement to better serve the information and intelligence […]

Researcher: Denise Bulling, Mark DeKraai,

Nebraska Statewide Recycling Evaluation

This project evaluated opportunities, barriers, and gaps for recycling and solid waste disposal across all Nebraska counties and municipalities.  Tools for the program evaluation included a multi-modal survey approach as well as several stakeholder focus groups.  As part of the project, the research team collected stakeholder input on strategies to enhance recycling in Nebraska in […]

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

Nebraska Strong: Flood Recovery Project

Sometimes Nebraskans have to recover from storms and floods. The heroic phase of disaster response (sandbagging and people pulling together) is often followed by a period of disillusionment (disappointment with aid and coping with clean up). Reconstruction takes time – and can be stressful. The PPC worked to provide crisis counseling assistance, create public service […]

Researcher: Stacey J. Hoffman,

Nebraska Suicide Prevention

The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center is partnering with the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Division of Behavioral Health, Nebraska Department of Education, Regional Behavioral Health Authorities, and Interchurch Ministries of Nebraska to carry out activities as part of a youth suicide prevention grant from the Substance […]

Researcher: Kate Speck, Janell Walther, Teri Perkins,

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 […]

Researcher: Denise Bulling,

North Central Planning Exercise and Training Law Enforcement Project

The North Central School Safety & Security Project seeks to promote school safety and security by engaging stakeholders in safety and security planning, providing training, and creating access to resources. This project is provided by the North Central Planning, Exercise, and Training (PET) Region. For more about the 22-County North Central Region, visit Nebraska’s Homeland Security […]

Researcher: Janell Walther,

Partnering to Reach Integrated Competitive Employment (PRICE)

This project studied the programs and supports serving persons with disabilities who work, or want to work, in competitive employment settings.  The result was a series of reports covering areas relating to persons with disabilities’ perceptions and experiences with work, the structuring of personal assistant services, the impact on changes in Medicaid eligibility guidelines and […]

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