Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Tuesday, December 1, 2015

La Follette Research Professor Recognized for his Work in Data-driven Education Policy

Professor Robert H. Meyer Professor Robert H. Meyer

By Colin T. Higgins

Professor Robert H. Meyer was one of 33 nonprofit leaders appointed on November 17th to the national Moneyball for Government All-Star team. Moneyball for Government is a project that focuses on data-driven policy. It is coordinated by the bipartisan NGO Results for America.

Moneyball for Government encourages governments at all levels to increase their use of data and evidence when investing limited taxpayer dollars. Moneyball takes its name from the book and movie of the same title, which focuses on the manager of the Oakland A’s use of data, as opposed to scouts, to make the baseball team nationally competitive despite limited budgets. The program promotes the same strategy but for government funding decisions: encouraging the use of data and evidence instead of gut instinct when making public policy decisions.

On November 17, 2015, the program announced the addition of 33 non-profit leaders to its Moneyball for Government All-Star Team. These new members represent CEOs, presidents, executives and founders of leading national non-profit organizations committed to improving lives using data-driven, evidence-based solutions.

La Follette Research Professor Robert H. Meyer, was among these 33 new All-Stars. Meyer, along with being a Research Professor of Public Affairs and director of UW–Madison’s Value-Added Research Center, is president and CEO of the non-profit Education Analytics Inc. Education Analytics operates across the country to solve tough educational policy problems by using quantitative analysis of policy results. Dr. Meyer is known for his research on value-added modeling, evaluation methods and strategic management of human capital. Since the 1990s he has worked intensively with urban schools across the country to implement data-driven programs

This is just the latest recognition of Professor Meyer’s rigorous work. He received a Senior Urban Education Research Fellowship from the Council of Great City Schools in 2007 and received the University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research in 2010.

“We are fortunate to have such an innovative policy analyst teaching and researching at the La Follette School,” said Associate Director Hilary Shager. “He truly embodies the Wisconsin Idea by bridging his research and practice to improve education policy,” she continued, “I am so glad that he is being recognized by such a great organization that advocates for results-based, bipartisan, policy solutions.”