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Seminar to explore analytics, education reform

Research professor Rob Meyer will speak about policy and management analytics and education reform in a noon seminar on Tuesday, April 29, in the La Follette School conference room. Meyer is director of the university's Value-Added Research Center, and he is known for his research on value-added modeling, evaluation methods and strategic management of human capital.

Coleman advances women’s health

Michele Coleman wants to know why people make the decisions they do about their health to help them lead healthier lives.  To that end, the public affairs and public health dual-degree candidate is presenting a paper about the influence of religion on the abortion decision-making process and experience at a national conference. Read more ...

Faculty help fund graduation

Learning that La Follette School students were stressed about the level of fund-raising they had to do for graduation events, La Follette School faculty members decided to chip in. Read more ...

Board director cites analysis of online voter registration

A cost-benefit analysis by La Follette School students was mentioned by Wisconsin Government Accountability Board executive director Kevin Kennedy. In an April 13 WKOW televisioin interview, Kennedy said the analysis showed that about $1 million would be saved, mostly at the local level, if the state of Wisconsin established online voter registration. Watch the interview

Moynihan wins faculty fellowship

Donald Moynihan is the La Follette School’s new Jerry and Mary Cotter Faculty Fellow. Read more ...

Financial capability programs fruitful research area

Thanks to the Great Recession, interest in household finance and consumer behavior has been increasing, professor J. Michael Collins notes, and that interest opens up opportunities for more rigorous evaluations of programs to improve people’s financial capabilities. Read more ...

Fletcher wins prize for linking ADHD, labor outcomes

La Follette School professor Jason M. Fletcher has won the 2013-2014 prize for the Best Research in Health & Society from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Read more ...

Students analyze food procurement, costs for corrections system

Wisconsin state agencies spend substantial amounts of money to procure food for hospitals, prisons and other facilities. Curious about how nutritional guidelines could improve the diet and therefore the health of people served by these state agencies and of agency employees, Health First Wisconsin turned to the La Follette School. Read more ...

School holds symposium on government efficiency

More than 80 legislators, state agency staff, local government budget officials and others crowded a room in the Wisconsin State Capitol last week to hear and discuss the latest research on government efficiency. Read more ...

Social networks can inform public policy

Policy analyses and program evaluations need to account for people’s social networks, professor Jason Fletcher argues in an article in the spring La Follette Policy Report. Read more ...