Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

The Wisconsin Idea is the principle that the university should improve people's lives beyond the classroom. The La Follette School exemplifies the Wisconsin Idea through its multidisciplinary emphasis on service and scholarship that allows faculty and students to take on problems of public policy and governance through research, teaching, and outreach on issues that include the design and management of social welfare programs, international currency and trade, analysis of the effects of welfare reform, health-care reform and determinants of health, environmental policy, public management and finance, Social Security, and science and technology. More on the Wisconsin Idea

High-Impact Research and Outreach

Learn more about the La Follette School's dedication to high-impact research.

Learn more about the La Follette School's dedication to high-impact outreach.

Events, Initiatives, and Partnerships

Past Events, Initiatives, and Collaborations

Faculty Perspectives

  • Geoffrey Wallace

    Wallace studies poverty, wealth in the United States

    For someone wanting to know who is poor in the United States, Geoffrey Wallace is the guy to consult. The La Follette School economist has parsed various measures of U.S. poverty and finds that 15 percent of the U.S. population was poor in 2012.

Community-Based Research