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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Nancy Shank - projects

Training in Theory and Application of Cross-scale Resilience in Agriculturally Dominated Social Ecological Systems

The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center along with other University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers, led by Craig Allen (School of Natural Resources) received a five year National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program grant to establish an interdisciplinary graduate training program focused on understanding resilience and vulnerability in agricultural landscapes. Approximately 20 master’s and doctoral students […]

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) […]

Ending Chronic Homelessness: Evaluation

The Public Policy Center will serve as the program evaluator for a three-year project aiming to end chronic homelessness in Lincoln, NE. Through a collaboration of Region V Behavioral Health Systems, CenterPointe, and the Mental Health Association, the project will provide housing, behavioral health treatment, and peer and employment supports to persons experiencing chronic homelessness […]

2-1-1 in the Mid-South Delta: A Collective Case Study

This project provided evaluation and consultation assistance for the Mid-South Delta Initiative Project (MSDI), which provided financial and technical assistance resources to 2-1-1s in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita highlighted the need for scalable statewide 2-1-1s in the Gulf Coast region.

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 […]

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.

Minority Health Community Data Sharing

This project focused on coordinating health care services in order to reduce minority health disparities related to cardiovascular disease. The Public Policy Center used accurate data collection and analysis in order to evaluate the impact of the grant.

Maternal Child Health Capacity Building Models

Center staff investigated potential models for strengthening the capacity of maternal and child health stakeholders across the state and to better address the unique needs of this group.

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 […]