Supporting evidence-based policy
Partner with La Follette students
Each year, our students partner with public, nonprofit, and private sector organizations to address real-world challenges. These partnerships provide research and analytic support to organizations and experience for our students
Find an expert
Our faculty members regularly discuss their world-class policy research with the media and policymakers.
Connecting with policymakers
Our school has a long history of collaboration with legislators and policymakers, sharing research to inform decision-making and make a positive difference in people’s lives.
Every year, we convene policy experts to inform and engage the the public.
Created in 2007, the Paul Offner Lecture Series honors the late Paul Offner, who left a legacy of applying good scholarship to public policy, especially for disadvantaged people.
La Follette Policy Poll
In 2022, we polled 5,000 Wisconsin residents about the issues that matter to them most and the problems they most want solved. The poll results shed light on both consensus and divisions in the Badger State.
The Wisconsin Idea
One of the longest and deepest traditions surrounding the University of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Idea signifies a general principle: that education should influence people’s lives beyond the boundaries of the classroom. Our faculty, students, and staff practice the Wisconsin Idea across the state and around the world by supporting evidence-based policy research and convening conversations.