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!

The Academy for Child and Family Well Being (ACFW) is a unique partnership between research faculty in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders and Boys Town, a large provider of services to children and families. Our mission is to improve the lives of youth with emotional and behavioral challenges by researching, developing, and supporting evidence-based practices. We work throughout the continuum of care for youth, including school-based programs, family-support interventions, out-of-home services for youth, and youth transitioning from residential care back to their communities. We are committed to implementing research into real-world practices to help youth and families in Nebraska and throughout the nation.


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.

It is the mission of the Bureau of Sociological Research to provide quality social science research services in support of the goals of the Department of Sociology, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the State of Nebraska.  The Bureau of Sociological Research is designed to provide direct research services to faculty, outreach and consulting to state agencies, and support for graduate and undergraduate education on social science research.  The Bureau supports all aspects of social science research applications.  Bureau staff provide support for research design and implementation and will, as determined in consultation with the client, assume responsibility for data collection, processing, analyses, and presentation. The Bureau staff provide consulting and related social research services to state agencies and non-profit organizations in the state of Nebraska.  The Bureau fields an annual omnibus survey, the Nebraska Annual Social Indicator Survey (NASIS), that serves the research and evaluation needs of several state agencies. The staff of the Bureau are expected to provide training and demonstrations of survey research methods and human subject’s protection for undergraduate and graduate classes in Sociology.  Consulting on project design and planning is provided to undergraduate and graduate UNL students as requested.

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.

Gallup Research Center and Survey Research Methodology

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.

Holland Computing Center

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.

HCC provides such services to researchers associated with any campus of the University of Nebraska system. Many are available in a shared manner for free, but dedicated (reserved) arrangements are also available for a modest price.

The Office of Proposal Development partners with faculty, staff and administrators to develop competitive external grant proposals. Our team of proposal development professionals enhances overall proposal quality by ensuring applicants meet sponsor guidelines and by improving the content, organization and visual appeal of proposal packages. Since 2005, we have helped UNL investigators secure more than $373 million in grant funding from a wide range of federal agencies and private foundations.

The primary objective of the Minority Health Disparities Initiative (MHDI) is to identify and strengthen the infrastructure, as well as the network of investigators and practitioners addressing critical health issues to the state and the nation. MHDI is committed to breaking down traditional academic silos, and adopting an interdisciplinary and translational approach that includes research, policy, practice, and training. In doing so, UNL will be key to bettering the health and well-being of all Nebraska residents.

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.

Consulting projects are completed by graduate students under the supervision of the Director of the Center and supervising faculty members affiliated with the QQPM program.

Public Policy Center

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 Statistics Help Desk is a free service available to UNL graduate students, faculty, and staff. Advanced statistics graduate students will work with you one-on-one to design experiments, summarize data, and conduct statistical analysis on existing data.

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.