In carrying out the Wisconsin Idea, La Follette School faculty, staff and students engage in outreach activities to assist officials at all levels of government and at non-governmental organizations. Faculty, students and staff conduct research, hold conferences, serve on commissions and collaborate with policymakers to explore how to best address policy and administrative problems of local, national and international importance.
Faculty share knowledge about welfare reform, school choice and finance, economic development, environmental issues, global governance, energy, poverty, land-use reform, federalism, tax issues, regulatory affairs, public management, local government initiatives and criminal justice. They consult with Wisconsin municipalities and school boards, federal agencies and in dozens of countries. The La Follette School Outreach Office organizes conferences, coordinates seminars and helps provide leadership development for policymakers and legislators. The school regularly publishes research findings of faculty, staff and students.
Report from the Task Force on State and Local Government (the Sheehy commission), January 2003
Report from the Commission on State-Local Partnerships (the Kettl commission), January 2001
Commission for the Study of Administrative Value and Efficiency report (SAVE commission), 1995