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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Projects

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.

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 […]

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

This project, under the leadership of Natalie Umphlett of the High Plains Regional Climate Center, aims to strengthen the incorporation of climate information into long-term municipal planning strategies for cities in lower Missouri River Basin states (IA, KS, MO, NE). The partnerships and interactions between the project researchers and municipal leaders and planners will help […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]