Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs


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.


Dynamism: 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.

Integrity: With rigor, we approach issues with a fair and balanced perspective. We lead with facts, data, and nonpartisan analysis.

Inclusivity: 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.

Collaboration: 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.