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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Stacey J Hoffman - projects

Community Assessment & Education to Promote Behavioral Health Planning and Evaluation (CAPE) Phase II: Innovation Communities

The Public Policy Center teamed up with several Lincoln organizations to identify behavioral health data that provide insights into community trends. Through this project, existing administrative data was compiled to increase community knowledge about behavioral health and created a context for behavioral health system action. One of four “innovation community” projects across the United States,…

Comprehensive School Safety Initiative

The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center collaborated with the Nebraska Department of Education to conduct a research study that examines how safety perceptions and organization of school safety and security are associated with level and type of law enforcement engagement in rural schools. While rural schools engage with law enforcement, they utilize a variety…

Disaster Behavioral Health Project

The goal of the Disaster Behavioral Health Project is to develop human infrastructure in Nebraska to effectively mitigate or respond to the psycho-social consequences of terrorism and disaster. The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center is working with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services to implement an All-Hazards Disaster Behavioral Health Response and Recovery…

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…

Great Plains Public Health Training Center Evaluation

The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center conducted an evaluation of the Great Plains Public Health Training Center (GPPHTC), one of the nation’s HRSA-funded, congressionally mandated public health training centers. The evaluation was conducted of the first two years of the GPPHTC’s operations, which was based out of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College…

Lancaster County Adult Drug Court Evaluation

The Nebraska Public Policy Center has conducted two evaluations for the Lancaster County Adult Drug Court. The first was a three year program evaluation of the Lancaster County Adult Drug Court conducted from October 2010 through September 2013 and the second evaluation was conducted from October 2014 through September 2017. The purpose of the evaluations…

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)…

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, the 2016 Behavioral Health Supplement, 2017, and 2019; all available at lincolnvitalsigns.org) authored by the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center,…

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.

NEBHANDS Project

The intent of NEBHANDS was to coordinate a statewide, federally-funded project to eliminate services barriers, ensure access to care, and maximize resources in the state's behavioral health care system.The long-term goal was to ensure affordable and accessible behavioral health care to all people in Nebraska through an integrated system that maximizes the potential of the…

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…

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…

Nebraska Strong: Recovery Project

  The Nebraska Strong Recovery Project is a mental health outreach program working with Nebraska communities and individuals. Outreach workers and hotlines provide community-based counseling and identify unmet needs during the COVID-19 pandemic in the state of Nebraska. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds the Crisis Counseling Program in conjunction with the Center for Mental…

Privatization Process Evaluation

The Public Policy Center evaluated the privatization of behavioral health services that took place during 2013 – 2014 in Nebraska’s Region V System service area. The Community Mental Health Center, operated by the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners (Board), was one of the key providers of behavioral health services within the network of Region V…

Public Engagement Pilot Project on Pandemic Influenza Evaluation

This project engaged the public in discussions regarding which subgroups in the population require the earliest vaccine protection against influenza in the event of a pandemic. The project tested a new model of public engagement and gathered useful information for decision makers by including a societal perspective on the prioritization of pandemic flu vaccine.

Public Health Surveillance System Evaluations

Center researchers, working closely with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services – Division of Public Health developed a Brief Evaluation Protocol for use in evaluating public health surveillance systems. Two systems were evaluated during the development of this protocol: the Nebraska State Immunization Information System (NESIIS), and the Adult Tobacco Survey (ATS). Public…

Region V: Organizational Consulting

Region V Systems (Region V) is the legislatively-designated authority responsible for planning, coordinating, and contracting for publicly-funded behavioral health services in the 16-county region in southeast Nebraska. The Public Policy Center consulted with Region V to assist them in developing greater internal capacity for continuous quality improvement, particularly in the area of outcomes-focused measurement. The…

Statewide Drug Courts Evaluation

The Nebraska Public Policy Center has conducted two statewide evaluations of Nebraska’s Problem-Solving Courts for the Administrative Office of the Courts. The first evaluation was conducted from March – September of 2007 and covered eight probation problem-solving courts in Nebraska, including three adult drug courts (Midwest Nebraska, Northeast Nebraska, Sarpy County), four juvenile drug courts…

Threat Assessment Research

This program of research is multi-disciplinary but grounded in behavioral science principles. The research team engages in research opportunities that will add to the general body of knowledge while enhancing the real-world practice of threat assessment. For more information, please visit the threat assessment web site.