The Center’s approach is rooted in academic-oriented inquiry and investigation. We provide basic research products for partners such as high-quality and easy-to-understand literature reviews, white papers, and briefing papers, as well as ensuring projects use evidence-based practices.
Program Design and Evaluation
Center research staff routinely conducts program evaluations in partnership with stakeholders to define questions, plan activities, interpret results, and use findings to recommend and implement changes. We use quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods techniques appropriate to the project. Our programmatic capabilities include survey design, interviews, focus groups, geographic data, overall data analysis, and report preparation.
Project and Organizational Management Consulting
The Center brings high-level management expertise to projects for many kinds of organizations; from small to statewide and from short-term to multi-year. We bring research-based insights to executive decision-making, may develop organizational structures to achieve desired results; assist with communication planning, agenda setting and creating necessary informational materials; implement research plans; and guide open communication among stakeholders.
Strategic Planning and Stakeholder Engagement
Center researchers are trained in facilitation of strategic planning, problem definition, and consensus-building, as well as discovering organizational priorities, setting goals, and creating action plans. We work with stakeholders to design and execute customized frameworks. This includes determining the breadth, length, location, and timing of facilitated events; identifying participants; collecting data from participants throughout the planning or engagement process; creating opportunities for feedback and debriefing; and producing draft and final products based on results.
Grants Development and Management
The Center will partner in pursuing and managing funding opportunities to support policy-related initiatives. Center researchers garner both public and private funding at the local, state, and national levels, for both applied and research grants. The Center can identify funding opportunities, develop grant proposal narratives, create budgets and timelines, execute agreements, manage grant funds in accordance with funder requirements, and submit required fiscal and programmatic reporting.
Conferences and Seminars
Our staff plan and execute conferences, workshops, and seminars of all sizes. These services include technology recommendations and accommodations for in-person and remote-hosted events. Additionally, we set up online registration, hotel blocks, breakout rooms, catering, speaker accommodations, and on-site staffing. The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center is an approved continuing education sponsor through the American Psychological Association (APA). This means we are able to facilitate psychologists’ access to continuing education that meets APA standards.