Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Research professor Rob Meyer will speak about policy and management analytics and education reform in a noon seminar on Tuesday, April 29, in the La Follette School conference room. Meyer is director of the university's Value-Added Research Center, and he is known for his research on value-added modeling, evaluation methods and strategic management of human capital.
A cost-benefit analysis by La Follette School students was mentioned by Wisconsin Government Accountability Board executive director Kevin Kennedy. In an April 13 WKOW televisioin interview, Kennedy said the analysis showed that about $1 million would be saved, mostly at the local level, if the state of Wisconsin established online voter registration. Watch the interview
More than 80 legislators, state agency staff, local government budget officials and others crowded a room in the Wisconsin State Capitol last week to hear and discuss the latest research on government efficiency.
Monday, 17 March 2014 10:30

Social networks can inform public policy

Policy analyses and program evaluations need to account for people's social networks, professor Jason Fletcher argues in an article in the spring La Follette Policy Report.
The recession the United Kingdom experienced in 2010-2011 suggests that the United States' decision to increase government spending was the correct course of action, economist Menzie Chinn suggests in the spring La Follette Policy Report.

To help make a retreat center in Uganda sustainable, La Follette School students advised the Global Livingston Institute to establish an Internet café and to switch the center's electricity source from a diesel generator to solar panels.

When the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wanted to know the potential effects of extending limits on firewood to private campgrounds, it turned to the La Follette School of Public Affairs.
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 05:37

Students examine energy systems

Because state and federal policies largely do not address microgrids, the Wisconsin Energy Institute and the Green Exchange Madison worked with La Follette School students to assess the costs and benefits of a microgrid, a small power system that integrates self-contained generation, distribution, sensors, energy storage and energy management software with a seamless and synchronized connection to a utility power system.

Two cost-benefit analyses by La Follette School students have been shared with members of the Wisconsin Legislature.

Improving nutrition and physical activity in child-care settings may be one of the best tools the state of Wisconsin could use to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity, which affects 14 percent of preschoolers and 9 percent of adolescents in the state.
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