Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Grads to present report at transparency conference


Ulrike Nischan, left, and Rebecca McAtee will present their 2010 workshop report on Transparency International at a research conference in San Francisco. Their report, A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Advocacy and Legal Advice Centers, is co-authored by Jonathan Hoechst and Jonathan McBride.

Ulrike Nischan and Rebecca McAtee will present their group's capstone workshop report at the Law and Society Association conference in San Francisco in June.

"We will be presenting as part of a panel with three international academics who have done research on Transparency International, and Advocacy and Legal Advice Centers in particular," McAtee reports. "The head of the panel approached us in December about presenting when he found our paper on the La Follette web site and our paper was approved at the beginning of March."

McAtee and Nischan prepared the 2010 report for Transparency International with Jonathan McBride and Jonathan Hoechst. Their cost-benefit analysis evaluates the effect of Advocacy and Legal Advice Centers as an anticorruption strategy. The analysis suggests that the centers are an extremely cost-effective method of reducing corruption.

All four authors graduated with master's degrees in international public affairs. Nischan is a program specialist with the IRIS Center at the University of Maryland. Hoechst is a budget analyst with the Wisconsin Department of Administration. McAtee is an analyst with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. McBride works at the State Department.

This article originally appeared in the spring 2011 La Follette Notes.