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"The student team produced a cost-benefit analysis on par with what I would expect from professional consultants. They are overseen by experts in their field and produce professional quality analyses."

Kate Battiato, Vice President of Workforce Development, Wisconsin Health Care Association

Types of projects

Cost-benefit analysis project


Clients submit projects in the spring; students work on projects each fall.

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Clients receive a cost-benefit analysis of proposed policy alternatives, along with recommendations for additional studies or next steps, if appropriate.

Best suited for

Projects requiring a pure cost-benefit analysis to determine the least-cost or highest-cost alternative among identified policy options.

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Capstone policy project


Clients submit proposals in the fall; students work on projects each spring.

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Clients receive a final report with policy recommendations and supporting documentation, along with recommendations for additional studies or next steps, if appropriate.

Best suited for

Program evaluations, policy analyses, literature reviews, and comparative analyses that have a sufficient amount of existing data to inform the research.

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Is my project a good fit?

What makes a good project?

  • Clearly stated problem, challenge, or opportunity and clearly defined deliverables that can be accomplished in approximately 14 weeks
  • Dedicated point person with capacity to respond to the student team (time commitment of point person is approximately 4-6 hours during weeks 1-4, 10-12 hours during weeks 5-10, and 6-8 hours during weeks 11-14)
  • Available data and/or documentation
  • Support of organizational leadership
  • Openness to unexpected analysis results
  • Interest in sharing results with policymakers and public

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Project proposals

Let us know about your project idea and organization by submitting a project proposal.

First-time applicants are encouraged to contact before submitting project proposals to determine if the project scope and focus is a good fit for our courses.

Submit a proposal

We are now accepting applications for cost-benefit analysis projects.

Selection and timeline

This is a competitive recruitment process. Our faculty select projects based on several criteria including student interest; clearly stated problem, challenge, or opportunity; and clearly defined deliverables.

2024 cost-benefit analysis timeline:

  • May 17: Priority consideration deadline
  • Mid-June: Clients notified of proposal status
  • September 4: Fall semester instruction begins
  • December: Analysis delivered

2023-24 capstone timeline:

  • October 27: Deadline for proposals
  • Mid-December: Clients notified of proposal status
  • December 2023 or January 2024: Client intake meeting with faculty advisor
  • Mid-January 2024: Initial meeting with organization and student team members
  • February–May 2024: Client works with student-consultant team
  • May 2024: Final presentation to organization and promotion of reports to policymakers and public


Have questions about your potential project?