The La Follette School of Public Affairs is seeking client proposals for its Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) course this fall. Graduate students in the course work in teams on a real-world issue for an actual client, providing excellent learning opportunities for both students and clients.
Professor Dave Weimer is especially interested in projects related to the environment or energy, and Assistant Professor Emilia Tjernstrom is seeking projects about international topics.
"Past clients have relished the opportunity to receive an outside perspective on their programming, and the projects can contribute to valuable capacity-building within their organizations," said Tjernstrom.
The course provides the conceptual foundations and skills that prepare students to be sophisticated consumers and producers of cost-benefit analysis. During the semester, the teams make several written and oral progress reports and provide clients with a presentation of their cost-benefit analysis upon completion.
More information, including course syllabi, sample projects, and sample reports are on the La Follette School website.
Previous clients have included the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Lutheran Health Alliance, Landcare International, United Way Fox Cities, the Horizons Regional Council of New Zealand, National Nuclear Security Administration, and the Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council.