News: Wisconsin Idea
Professor Pamela Herd is always thinking about long-term implications, even when she works on a research project on pregnancy.
Don Moynihan wants to make interacting with government easier for everyone.The internationally recognized public management expert is focusing his studies on "administrative burdens" — the difficulties and impediments people encounter when they try to access government services.
Understanding the long-term impacts of public policy in Wisconsin and across the United States are at the top of Jason Fletcher's research agenda.
The good news is that jobs, earnings and wages are rising again in Wisconsin as the economy slowly climbs back from the recession, the latest Wisconsin Poverty Report says.
For Tim Smeeding, understanding the effects of public programs on poor people is paramount. "There are lots of confusing reports out there with inaccurate findings," says Smeeding, professor of public affairs and director of the Institute for Research on Poverty.
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.
To help make a retreat center in Uganda sustainable, La Follette School students advised the Global Livingston Institute to establish an Internet café and to switch the center's electricity source from a diesel generator to solar panels.
Susan Yackee is shining light into the back room of the White House where policymakers often make key decisions. The La Follette School political scientist is applying her expertise in administrative rulemaking to the president's Office of Management and Budget.