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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Mitchel N Herian - projects

Budgeting Outcomes and Priorities in Lincoln

The goal of this project, initially launched in the winter of 2008 and completed later in the spring, was to solicit public opinion about how the City of Lincoln should spend its tax dollars. A scientific phone survey of 600 randomly selected residents was undertaken by the Public Policy Center, working with the University of…

Citizen Input for Budgeting and Performance Management in Lincoln

The long-term goal of this project was to enable public managers and policymakers/elected officials to be intentional and evidence-based in selecting the components of their citizen involvement techniques used in budgeting, performance measurement, and management processes. This will maximize the value for both citizens and managers. As part of our research, we worked with the…

City of Lincoln Satisfaction Survey: “Taking Charge” (2010)

As part of Mayor Chris Beutler’s continuing Taking Charge initiative, a random sample of Lincolnites were surveyed by telephone in early December of 2009 and then an online survey was offered to residents who were not invited to take the phone survey. The results of the surveys were used to inform city budget decisions that…

Civic Health Partnership

The Public Policy Center, as a member of the Nebraska Civic Health Partnership spearheaded by Nebraskans for Civic Reform, have put together the first-ever Civic Health Index for the state of Nebraska. This Index is designed to be an interactive tool with targeted action items for all Nebraska communities to increase civic health and retain…

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…

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…

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…

Reducing Courts’ Failure-to-Appear Rate: A Procedural Justice Approach

This was an evaluation of a pilot project aimed at reducing failure to appear in court for a defendant’s misdemeanor hearing. The rate at which criminal defendants fail to appear in court is as high as 25-30%, depending on the jurisdiction and type of offense. Failure to appear increases workloads and expenditures for the courts…

Sharing Electronic Health Records: The Views of Nebraskans

The overarching goal of this project was to engage Nebraskans about privacy and security issues surrounding electronic health information. The project simultaneously achieved three specific outcomes: 1) engage a sample of Nebraska residents about important legal and policy issues surrounding electronic sharing of health information through a survey and deliberative discussion; 2) increase knowledge and…

Taking Charge 2011

The Public Policy Center worked with the City of Lincoln to convene a public input process about the City's budget. Members of the public were invited to take an online survey about the budget and city services, and discuss their views with other residents of Lincoln both online and in-person. Public input is particularly important…