Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Thursday, February 8, 2018

Shager, others contribute to book on researcher-policymaker partnerships

Shager, others contribute to book on researcher-policymaker partnerships

A recently released book about researcher-policymaker partnerships features a case study written by UW–Madison Emerita Professor Karen Bogenschneider, La Follette School Associate Director Hilary Shager (MPA ’05, PhD ’12), and two other colleagues.

The book, Researcher-Policymaker Partnerships: Strategies for Launching and Sustaining Successful Collaborations, also includes a case study by La Follette School Board of Visitors member Professor Carolyn Heinrich of Vanderbilt University and Annalee Good of UW–Madison.

Bogenschneider, Shager, and associate researchers Olivia Little and Stephanie Eddy wrote the case study, Connecting Research and Policy: The Story of a Wisconsin Family Impact Seminar on Jobs. Bogenschneider created and led the Wisconsin Family Impact Seminars for more than 20 years.

The case study “shows the vitality of a researcher-policymaker partnership that has lasted over two decades and has become a national model,” editors Jenni Owen and Anita Larson wrote. The case study includes “the attributes of this partnership that has sustained its place in Wisconsin’s policymaking landscape.”

The book is published by the American Society for Public Administration.

Founded in 1993, Wisconsin Family Impact Seminars provide objective, high-quality research on topics identified by state legislators. The seminars promote greater use of research evidence in policy decisions and highlight the consequences that an issue, policy, or program may have for families. They also provide neutral, nonpartisan opportunities for legislators to engage in open dialogue for fostering relationships and finding common ground.