Nebraska State Policy Initiative
Nebraska State Policy Initiative
The Nebraska State Policy Initiative brings evidence to bear on pressing state government issues. Through a joint initiative with the Nebraska Legislature's Planning Committee and the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s College of Public Affairs and Community Service, researchers affiliated with the Center for Public Affairs Research use data to identify issues of growing concern for the Nebraska Legislature and present practical alternatives for consideration.
CPAR is non-partisan and does not recommend policies to the Legislature, but rather provides objective information on state issues so that informed decisions may be made.
Nebraska Legislative Planning Committee Reports
One effort of the Nebraska Legislative Planning Committee is the development of a database. The goals and benchmarks included in the database were developed to present a common-sense and data-driven assessment of key areas important to Nebraskans' quality of life. The database is presented in a report that consists of the data and summaries of the data for each of the nine categories of benchmarks establish by the Planning Committee. It is updated each year.
In addition CPACS presents a series of Associated Reports for the Planning Committee that provides data for Legislative Districts, counties, and census tracts. These are also updated each year.
Click on a year to see the database report and associated reports for that year.
Click on a Legislative District Number to see its Quick Facts Profile from the 2011-2015 and 2008-2012 American Community Surveys.
Beginning in 2012, the report includes Policy Briefs. These Policy Briefs address some of the issues that were identified when reviewing the indicators presented in the database. The purpose of the Policy Briefs is to identify and explore in greater depth issues identified by the evidence presented. The Policy Briefs do not recommend specific policies but rather describe options and considerations that relate to the issues.
Click on a benchmark to see the list of Policy Briefs for that benchmark.
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Ratio of Income to Poverty Level for Children under 18 Years as a Percentage of the Population for Whom Poverty is Determined for Nebraska Legislative Districts from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey
Ratio of Income to Poverty Level for Children under 18 Years as a Percentage of the Population for Whom Poverty is Determined for Nebraska Legislative Districts from the 2009-2013 American Community Survey
Ratio of Income to Poverty Level for Children under 18 Years as a Percentage of the Population for Whom Poverty is Determined for Nebraska Legislative Districts from the 2008-2012 American Community Survey
Ratio of Income to Poverty Level for Children under 18 Years as a Percentage of the Population for Whom Poverty is Determined for Nebraska Legislative Districts from the [2007-2011] American Community Survey
As part of a working relationship with Governing Institute, the College of Public Affairs and Community Service at the University of Nebraska at Omaha has agreed to submit short articles by faculty and staff for posting on the Governing webpage at Governing.com. Below are links to these articles. As more articles become available, we will add them to the list.
Shared Services: Where the Real Potential for Government Efficiency Lies
John R. Bartle, Dean, College of Public Affairs and Community Service; published May 16, 2013
Merging jurisdictions to reduce costs seems like a good idea, but it's fraught with difficulty. The real potential for efficiency lies in sharing services.
Why Static, One-Size-Fits-All School Drug-Prevention Programs Don't Work
Lisa L. Sample, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and Crystal Fuller; published June 3, 2013
Drug use by youth varies by geography, gender age and race, and it changes over time. Many of our school-based prevention programs don't reflect those realities.
A Cost-Effective Way to Care for an Aging Population
Christopher M. Kelly, Department of Gerontology, and Jerome Deichert, Center for Public Affairs Research; published March 31, 2014
Home and community based services can go a long way toward preventing or delaying expensive nursing-home care.
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