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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, is the Director and Senior Research Associate.
(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 Specialist, Co-Director of the Nebraska Municipal Clerk Institute and Academy and Director of the Certificate in Fundraising Management. Melanie also does mapping for the Center and provides technical assistance for approximately 40 websites in the college. Melanie completed her M.A. in Social Gerontology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Melanie also holds a J.D. and is a licensed attorney in the State of California.

(402) 554.2133;


R.K. Kiper, is a Research Coordinator.
(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