Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Fall 2019 cost-benefit analysis projects sought

The La Follette School of Public Affairs is seeking client proposals for its fall 2019 Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) course. Graduate students in the course work in teams on a real-world issue for an actual client, providing excellent learning opportunities for students and useful products for clients.

Professor Dave Weimer accepts projects on all topics, but he is especially interested in domestic projects related to the environment or energy; Assistant Professor Emilia Tjernstrom is seeking projects about international topics. Interested clients may submit projects via this online form or via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All projects received by May 15 will receive priority consideration.

The course provides the conceptual foundations and skills that prepare students to be sophisticated consumers and producers of cost-benefit analysis. During the semester, the teams make several written and oral progress reports and provide clients with a presentation of their cost-benefit analysis upon its completion.

One recent project was featured during the March 2019 conference Second Chances and Prisoner Reentry in Wisconsin and in a Wisconsin State Journal opinion piece by University of Wisconsin–Madison Professor Ryan Owens, who commissioned the report on behalf of former Gov. Tommy Thompson and the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership.

More information, including course syllabi, sample projects, and sample reports are on the La Follette School website.

Other previous clients include Midwest Environmental Advocates, the Living Environments Laboratory, the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Lutheran Health Alliance, Landcare International, World Bank, United Way Fox Cities, the Horizons Regional Council of New Zealand, National Nuclear Security Administration, and the Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council.