Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: State

La Follette School faculty member Tim Smeeding, the Lee Rainwater Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Economics, presented the 2015 Wisconsin Poverty Report (WPR) at the State Capitol on May 22.

My experiences at La Follette make me much better at my job, especially when it comes to analyzing policy, using evidence to create smart public policy, and being a good consumer of research.

The La Follette School of Public Affairs is seeking nominations for the 2016 Lloyd D. Gladfelter Award for Government Innovation.

The Wisconsin Ethics Commission unanimously selected Brian Bell (MPA ’10) as its first administrator. Bell currently serves as a budget and policy analyst for the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services.

The Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs received funding from the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment to support Committee Connect – a program that brings together researchers and policymakers early in the legislative process.

Alum Jennifer Vandermeuse’s training in policy analysis helps her explain to Wisconsin judges how their decisions will affect the state as a whole.

When BJ Dernbach’s boss joined the Wisconsin Assembly’s Labor Committee, the La Follette School alum was thankful for the training he’d received in the building blocks he needs to quickly synthesize and summarize a lot of information about a policy topic in which he has no background.

More work needs to be done to expand access to health care for poor and low-income Americans, La Follette School Professor Barbara Wolfe writes in a commentary published by Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity.

A new analysis from the La Follette School of Public Affairs may help Wisconsin prevent more cases of child abuse by detecting patterns associated with cases returning to the system after initially being screened out.

Legislators now have five concrete policy options to consider for improving Wisconsin residents’ access to treatment for addiction to heroin, oxycodone and other opioids.

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