An Implementation Analysis of LIFT Dane

Legal Interventions for Transforming (LIFT) Dane is an initiative to assist households in Dane County, Wisconsin, with civil legal barriers through a legal aid mobile application. LIFT Dane was developed through DreamUp Wisconsin, the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s implementation of The Alliance for the American Dream, a competition to pitch innovations to raise the net income of 10,000 emerging middle-class households by 10 percent. As one of the winning teams, LIFT Dane was awarded $1.1 million from Schmidt Futures. This report serves as a preliminary implementation analysis while LIFT Dane continues development of the mobile application. It examines administrative burden, a collective impact framework, implementation science best practices, and migration from paper to electronic government services. Using performance management metrics, the authors recommend tools for LIFT Dane to assess and improve performance of the application to ensure effective implementation.


  • Course: Spring 2020 Workshop in Public Affairs, PA 869, taught by Timothy Smeeding
  • Authors: Allison Couture, Fiona Montie, Diana Pavon, Eleanor Pratt, Maureen Purcell, Michael Wieczorek
  • Client: Legal Interventions for Transforming (LIFT) Dane

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