The Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is a leading academic institution in improving the design, implementation, and evaluation of public policy and the practice of governance.
Vision and leadership
What we stand for
At the La Follette School, we strive to inspire evidence-based policymaking and to advance the public good.
Susan Webb Yackee is Director of the La Follette School of Public Affairs and a Collins-Bascom Professor of Public Affairs at UW–Madison.
Board of Visitors
La Follette School Board of Visitors members are experts chosen to help advise the school. They have experience in government, nonprofits, and the private sector.
The Kohl Initiative
Funded by former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl, the Kohl Initiative has transformed the La Follette School's ability to expand public outreach, train future public leaders, and support influential research
Humans have called this place home for 12,000 years and counting. Today, the University of Wisconsin–Madison rests in the ancestral land of the Ho-Chunk Nation, the People of the Big Voice, who have called this place Teejop (day-JOPE) for time immemorial. We as a university community continue to create and build upon our partnerships with the 12 First Nations of Wisconsin. We as a state university respect the inherent sovereignty and unique legal status, as affirmed and set forth in state and federal law, of the First Nations of Wisconsin.
Research and impact
From the water we drink to the global economy, policy affects all aspects of life. Learn about the policy areas where we have an impact.
What we stand for
We train leaders and conduct research to inspire evidence-based policymaking and to advance the public good.
Evidence-based public policymaking that impacts society’s pressing problems.
We are driven by intellectual curiosity and innovative ideas and practices. We are committed to the creation of cross-disciplinary research that impacts society positively over time.
We are committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive community that respects and engages with a diversity of perspectives and ideas. We are a unifying convener.
We are in service to others through engagement with education, research, and outreach that impacts people’s lives both in and beyond the boundaries of our classrooms, university, and state.
With rigor, we approach issues with a fair and balanced perspective. We lead with facts, data, and nonpartisan analysis.
Our students and faculty partner with public, nonprofit, and private sector organizations to address real-world challenges.
Our annual report
A showcase of the many achievements of the school’s students, faculty, alumni, and staff during the academic year. Printed copies may be requested via email