Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Led by Katie Sanders (MIPA ’05), the nonprofit organization Safe & Sound has increased its profile in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and beyond.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 00:00

Analysis course benefits state of Wisconsin

Public affairs students in David Weimer's cost-benefit analysis class are helping state agencies and community organizations make better decisions about criminal justice reform, environmental regulations, child welfare, mental health treatment and other policy areas.

A new analysis by La Follette School students identifies factors associated with the risk of homeless among young adults exiting Wisconsin’s foster care system.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012 00:00

Cities face revenue declines

While state governments are recovering from the severe budget crises caused by the Great Recession, city governments continue to face reduced revenues from the property tax and from state and federal grants, economist Andrew Reschovsky says.

Madison taxpayers can now pay their property taxes in four installments due to an ordinance change adopted by the city council June 5, a couple years after a La Follette School analysis found that property owners are less likely to be late with tax payments if they can make three installment payments a year instead of two.

Thanks in part to a La Follette School cost-benefit analysis, children and adolescents in Wisconsin's Fox River Valley have access to school-based mental health services.

A cost-benefit analysis by La Follette School students recommends that Wisconsin invest $20 million in programs that divert some non-violent criminal offenders from jail or prison to community-based alternatives. The annual investment could help offset increased costs of incarceration and reduce prison overcrowding.

When Lindsay Garber's political fever broke about a year after she graduated from college, she turned her attention to the world of nonprofit organizations, and now she is developing her knowledge of management and administrative tools through the La Follette School's Master of Public Affairs degree program.

Tuesday, 01 April 2014 00:00

Herd explores influences on aging

Professor Pamela Herd is always thinking about long-term implications, even when she works on a research project on pregnancy.

Rob Meyer is helping Wisconsin school districts do a better job. As the director of the Value-Added Research Center, the La Follette School research professor is helping districts across Wisconsin and the United States determine which programs and elements of teaching help students do better academically.

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