The La Follette School of Public Affairs has a lengthy history of collaboration with state legislators and policymakers, sharing its research to inform government decision-making and make a positive difference in people’s lives.
In 2016, the La Follette School took over leadership of the Wisconsin Family Impact Seminars and Campus Connect. The seminars, founded in 1993, encourage evidence-based policymaking by providing annual seminars where state lawmakers learn from top researchers. Launched in 2015, Campus Connect provides state legislators with a single point of access to UW–Madison professors and researchers early in the policymaking process, when they are gathering background information, drafting bills, or discussing legislation in committees or on the floor.
La Follette School faculty and staff also have provided training for new legislators and for government agency staff members as well as an annual leadership seminar for the bipartisan Wisconsin Women in Government organization.