The University of Nebraska- Lincoln has many existing resources available to social and behavioral scientists. Click on the following links to learn more about these valuable resources!
Buros Center For Testing
Central Plains Research Data Center
Center for Brain, Biology, and Behavior
Center for Children, Families, and the Law
Gallup Research Center and Survey Research Methodology
The Holland Computing Center
Minority Health Disparities Initiative
Office of Proposal Development
Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families, and Schools
Nebraska Evaluation and Research Center
Public Policy Center
Statistics Help Desk
The Bureau of Business Research (BBR) is an applied economic and business research entity of the College of Business Administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Located in the Department of Economics, the BBR exists to accomplish two primary purposes. First, it provides relevant information and insightful data on economic conditions, in Nebraska, the Great Plains, and the nation as a general service to individuals and businesses in the state. Second, the BBR provides economists with practical opportunities to conduct applied economic research and trains students of economics and business in the conduct of applied research on timely economic and business topics. The BBR regularly publishes reports summarizing its sponsored research studies and also publishes outlooks and analyses in the newsletter The Nebraska Economy.
Buros offers three complementary functions for improving the science and practice of testing and assessment. The three functions provide: (1) Test Reviews & Information - authoritative reference materials that contain descriptions and candidly critical evaluations of commercially available tests, essential to the evaluation, selection, and use of tests, (2) Psychometric Consulting - evaluation, training, and consulting services for proprietary testing programs, (3) Assessment Literacy - instructional and educational resources that improve the ability of individuals to use tests and assessments more effectively and responsibly.
The CPRDC’s mission is to serve the region with restricted-access data sets to bolster research that expands basic knowledge and provides benefits to the federal statistical system. In their secure computing lab, qualified researchers with approved projects can conduct research using restricted-access versions of important datasets maintained by the US Census Bureau and other federal agencies.
CB3’s research is highly diverse, ranging from brain injuries and other cognitive impairments to the heritability of social attitudes and the neurological basis of decision-making. Concussion research is a cornerstone of the center’s work. UNL researchers are studying how the brain functions and processes information before and after concussions. They’re focusing on athletes but this research could improve treatment for the 1.7 million Americans who suffer traumatic brain injuries annually.
The Center on Children, Families, and the Law (CCFL) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was established in 1987 as a home for interdisciplinary research, teaching, and public service on issues related to child and family policy and services. The knowledge of child and family issues generated and synthesized by the Center faculty is widely disseminated to educate policy makers, scholars, service providers, and the general public. Work done by the Center has served as the primary basis for new local, state, and national legislation and has been cited in court rulings, including the U.S. Supreme Court.
Research by faculty in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Law, and Education and Human Sciences is integrated through the Center. Faculty members from the School of Social Work at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and various units at the university of Nebraska Medical Center also contribute to Center activities. The Center's own distinguished faculty reflects its interdisciplinary goals, including professionals with degrees in law, psychology, pediatrics, special education, sociology, and education. The Center is located administratively within UNL's College of Arts and Sciences and is a member of the College's Family Research and Policy Initiative.
The SRAM program trains students on the best innovative practices in the collection and analysis of regional, national, and international survey data. As an interdisciplinary program, we have expertise in the social, behavioral, health, marketing, and statistical sciences. We offer Masters and Ph.D. degrees and a Certificate Program. We also offer Masters and Ph.D. minors for students enrolled in other UNL graduate programs. Demand for our graduates is strong. Our alumni have positions in national and international corporations, governmental statistical agencies and universities.
The Holland Computing Center (HCC) boasts the fastest resources in the state of Nebraska at two locations: the Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) at Omaha and the Schorr Center at UNL. Personnel based in each location assist users, engage students and researchers, and maintain systems. Crane checks in at 121 TeraFLOPS and is a Top500 Supercomputer. Red, serving the CMS project, stores over 4 petabytes of data. Tusker provides 256 GB of RAM per node for shared memory computing.
The mission of CYFS is to advance the conduct of high-quality interdisciplinary research to promote the intellectual, behavioral and social-emotional development and functioning of individuals across educational, familial and community contexts. Central to this is enhancing our understanding of how these complex systems work dynamically to support the future of our nation.
The Nebraska Evaluation and Research (NEAR) Center's purpose is to promote sound statistical, measurement, and research (e.g., Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods) methodology. In addition the Center serves as a hands-on training program for graduate students in the Quantitative, Qualitative, & Psychometric Methods (QQPM) program. The NEAR center provides consulting services to: University faculty and graduate students, Business and industry, government organizations, groups and individuals when considered appropriate for education and/or training of students.
The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center provides assistance to policymakers and researchers on a wide range of public policy issues. The Center works with policymakers in all three branches of government at local, state, and federal levels. As a system-wide Policy Center, staff work with University researchers from all campuses of the University of Nebraska system.
The Help Desk has two locations, one on each campus. Walk-ins are welcome, but we encourage clients to make an appointment either by phone or email.