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Center for Public Affairs Research

about the center for public affairs research.

The Center for Public Affairs Research is a research and community outreach unit of the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service. Survey research support is a key component of CPAR's mission. CPAR is also the lead agency for the Nebraska State Data Center Program. This program is a cooperative program between the U.S. Census Bureau and individual states. This relationship has resulted in CPAR taking an active role in analyzing and disseminating information from the 2010 Census.

CPAR was awarded the 2006-07 Chancellor's Strategic Planning Award for Community Engagement. CPAR staff also directed additional programs that have received the Chancellors' Strategic Planning Award for Community Engagement: Neighborhood Center's Graffiti Scan Program (2009-10, Russell Smith) and Nebraska Municipal Clerk Institute & Academy (2010-11, Melanie Kiper).

Read more about CPAR in this article, By the Numbers, from the Winter 2006 UNO Alum magazine.

Our Staff

Jerry Deichert

Jerry Deichert, is the Director and a Senior Research Associate.He has an M.A. in economics from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. He has been at UNO since 1987. Jerry currently is a member of the Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board and is the manager of the Nebraska State Data Center and is an expert on trends and small-area data for the state. He has published numerous articles which analyze data for the state, including economic projections for the state and population projections for the state, counties, and other sub-areas.

(402) 554.2134;

David Drozd

David Drozd (Drewz) is a Research Coordinator. He has served in this capacity for nearly 9 years and is a specialist in data compiling and analysis. David has worked with the U.S. Census Bureau and its data extensively, and is widely quoted in the media when Census and other data are released. A native Nebraskan, David completed his B.S. and M.S. in Agricultural Economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. As an expert on the Census and population change, David aids in the discussion of Nebraska’s changing demographics.

(402) 554.2132;

Melanie Kiper

Melanie Kiper, is a Community Service Associate; and Coordinator of the Certificate in Fundraising Management. Melanie does mapping for the Center's research projects; assists with research and program evaluation projects; and provides technical assistance for approximately 40 websites in the college. She has been with CPAR since 1989. Melanie has an M.A. in Social Gerontology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She also has a J.D. and is a licensed attorney in the State of California.

(402) 554.2133;

R. K. Piper

R.K. Piper, is a Research Coordinator and has over 25 years experience in applied urban research and his work focuses on cost-effectiveness studies, program evaluation and public policy analysis. He is co-author of A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of the Douglas County Drug Court, A Recidivism and Cost-Effectiveness Evaluation of Nebraska’s Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Program, A Cost-Effectiveness Study of Gaps in Substance Abuse Treatment Services in Nebraska, The Evaluation of the Coordinated Response to Domestic Violence in Omaha, The Domestic Violence Victim Assistance Client Survey and Domestic Violence Issues in Rural Nebraska [Nebraska Crime Commission]. R.K. Holds an M.S. in Urban Studies and Policy-Planning from the University of Nebraska.

(402) 554.6065;

Contact CPAR

Center for Public Affairs Research
108 CPACS Building
University of Nebraska at Omaha
6001 Dodge Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68182
phone: (402) 554.2134