Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Client Project Overview

Student groups complete client-based projects under the direction of Professor Donald Moynihan, within the context of a semester-long course. By the end of the semester, each group submits a written performance management analysis and presentation.

The nature of the topic will depend on specific client interests. It could be an analysis or development of a unit’s performance management framework, strategic planning process, or mission statement; an analysis of a specific management process or reform in place; a literature review of the effectiveness of particular performance practices.

Project Criteria

The most important element for assessing the viability of performance management projects is a clear and high-profile client, with a contact person in a position to respond to students and facilitate conversations.

How to Submit a Proposal

If you are interested in submitting a performance management project proposal, please develop a brief written description, including the information below, and submit it via email to the course instructor, Donald Moynihan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by August 30. If your organization is considering multiple proposals, please submit each one separately.

Project proposals will be vetted in early September, and Don will contact you if your project is a good fit for that semester's course. Proposals should include the following information:

  • Organization name
  • Client sponsor names, and (if different) person who will serve as the primary point of contact and liaison with the client teams throughout the project, and contact information for both
  • Brief description (1 to 2 paragraphs) of the key questions you would like to address

Thank you for your interest in working with La Follette School students. Please direct questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sample Performance Reports