Her academic research is focused on the sources and types of information used in administrative and policy decisions, particularly, in local government. Her research has appeared in several academic journals including, Public Performance and Management Review, Public Administration Quarterly, and Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy.
Schafer’s academic research informs her real passion and the reason she joined the Center for Public Affairs Research—applied research.
She explains, “Information when created and presented the right way has the power to influence, motivate, and change people. The Center for Public Affairs Research is well positioned in the College, University, and Nebraska to provide expert data and analysis to inform policy, governance, and management throughout the State. We hope to be state, local, and nonprofit officials' go-to source for information on a range of issues supporting an evidence-based approach to governance.”
We hope to be state, local, and nonprofit officials' go-to source for information on a range of issues supporting an evidence-based approach to governance.”
- Josie Gatti Schafer, director, Center for Public Affairs Research
“My deepest motivation in serving as the next director of the Center for Public Affairs Research is to support and develop the capacity of public and nonprofit agencies across Nebraska to improve their communities. I am honored to join like-minded people with the shared mission to transform and improve Nebraskans’ quality of life.”
Schafer has recently moved to Omaha with her husband, Jeff, and two children, Rex and Liv. They are excited to be a part of the community and plan to attend lots of food and cultural festivals.
The Center for Public Affairs Research is the research and community outreach unit of the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service. We are probably best known for our Annual Nebraska Data Users Conference now in its 29th year and the demographic data and analysis we provide around the State. In addition, the Center prepares policy briefs for the Nebraska Legislature, conducts the Omaha Conditions Survey, and offers their services for survey and evaluation research. Currently, we are a partner in the Nebraska Rural Transit Project working towards a safer, more efficient, and more reliable public transportation system for Nebraskans. We also offer the Certificate in Fundraising Management.
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