Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Friday, July 22, 2016

Nominations for Government Innovation award due Aug. 18

The La Follette School of Public Affairs is seeking nominations for the 2016 Lloyd D. Gladfelter Award for Government Innovation.

The award is given to a non-elected municipal, county, state, or federal employee or a group of individuals who through their careers or through a specific innovation have helped solve a problem for Wisconsin residents and improved public service in the state.

"We are looking for an individual or team who has come up with an innovation or had a career of exceptional service that improved public service in the state," said La Follette School Director Susan Yackee. "The Gladfelter Award honors the creative ideas and money-saving efficiencies people expect from government at all levels."

In 2015, a total of $7,000 was awarded to following Gladfelter recipients:

  • Tammy Conforti for the Kenosha Dream Playground Project, a grassroots initiative to build an inclusive accessible playground for people of all abilities
  • Jared Knowles, a Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction researcher, for developing the Dropout Early Warning System to identify students at risk of dropping out of school
  • Sarah Turner and a team from Barron County for the Teen Driving Summit, an effort to reduce driving distractions like texting
  • Diane Rondini Harness and a team from the Wisconsin State Public Defenders Office for the Student Expulsion and Prevention Project, a program that provides legal advocacy for children facing expulsion

Nominations, including self-nominations, are due Thursday, August 18, 2016.

Please complete the nomination form or send a brief description of the innovations, its rationale and impact along with the following information for both the nominee and the nominator: first and last names, email address, telephone number, employer, and job title/position to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Finalists will be contacted for additional documentation, and awards will be announced later this year.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or call 608-695-8782.