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The Nebraska Community Development Block Grant Administration Certification Program, in its fourth year of operation, certifies individuals who administer local grants received from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED). Funds are provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Included in the certification program, managed by the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), are annual certification workshops, recertification workshops, and advanced training modules that are part of the recertification process.

UNO and DED decided in 1998 to undertake a comprehensive evaluation of the certification program. UNO contracted with the Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED) and utilized graduate students in the Master of Public Administration program to collect and analyze program information.

The evaluation study included two goals, to examine input from certification participants, and develop operational indicators. Information from the study would be used to improve the certification program.


Prepared for the Nebraska Department of Economic Development.