Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Rob Meyer is helping Wisconsin school districts do a better job. As the director of the Value-Added Research Center, the La Follette School research professor is helping districts across Wisconsin and the United States determine which programs and elements of teaching help students do better academically.

Don Moynihan wants to make interacting with government easier for everyone.The internationally recognized public management expert is focusing his studies on "administrative burdens" — the difficulties and impediments people encounter when they try to access government services.

Wisconsin state agencies spend substantial amounts of money to procure food for hospitals, prisons and other facilities. Curious about how nutritional guidelines could improve the diet and therefore the health of people served by these state agencies and of agency employees, Health First Wisconsin turned to the La Follette School.
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.

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.

Thursday, 20 March 2014 08:05

Opinions editor to be writer in residence

Robert Leger, the opinions editor of the Arizona Republic newspaper, will be on campus March 24-27 as the spring public affairs writer in residence.
Twenty-one women took part in the 14th annual leadership training seminar sponsored by Wisconsin Women in Government and the La Follette School of Public Affairs.
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.
President Barack Obama has nominated La Follette School professor Maria Cancian for assistant secretary for children and families (family support) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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