My experiences at La Follette make me much better at my job, especially when it comes to analyzing policy, using evidence to create smart public policy, and being a good consumer of research.
Drew McDermott (MPA ’16) joined Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS) as a business analyst on its Data Science team.
The first year of the MPA program gave me the foundational skills needed to succeed in government and nonprofit work. During my second year, I was able to take courses in the School of Education while concurrently working for the state Department of Public Instruction.
More than 60 people attended each of four recent Town Hall meetings on key election issues with University of Wisconsin–Madison faculty members. The meetings in Appleton, Madison, Milwaukee, and suburban St. Paul, Minnesota, were sponsored by UW–Madison’s La Follette School of Public Affairs and Department of Political Science along with the Wisconsin Alumni Association.
My interest in policy stems from the idea that if you would like to see positive change, you need to take informed action.
I chose the La Follette School because it was highly ranked (particularly in social policy), affordable (particularly with the fellowship), practitioner-focused, and evidence-based.
Deven Carlson (MPA '07) and Jared Knowles, a 2015 Gladfelter Award for Government Innovation recipient, co-authored a report in the Summer 2016 issue of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Their report is titled The Effect of English Language Learner Reclassification on Student ACT Scores, High School Graduation, and Postsecondary Enrollment: Regression Discontinuity Evidence from Wisconsin.
La Follette School Working Paper No. 2016-003
La Follette School Working Paper No. 2016-002