Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Professor Karen Holden is pleased to find that she will be working during her retirement — and that her efforts will help more Americans secure their own retirements. Holden will serve as co-principal investigator for a financial literacy research grant the campus Center for Financial Security received. The U.S. Social Security Administration has awarded the Center for Financial Security first-year funding of $1.48 million as one member of the administration's new Financial Literacy Research Consortium. Boston College and the RAND Corporation also will house research centers under this consortium.
"Single Mothers, Minimum Wages and Welfare Participation" will be discussed at the Tuesday, December 1, La Follette School Seminar at 12:15 p.m. in the La Follette School conference room.
Two La Follette School of Public Affairs faculty members at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have received honors from the William T. Grant Foundation to advance the well-being of families and children.
Friday, 30 October 2009 06:57

Book examines poverty, policy reforms

A new book called Changing Poverty, Changing Policies co-edited by professor Maria Cancian assesses why the War on Poverty was not won and analyzes the most promising strategies to reduce poverty in the 21st century economy.

Joanna Marks still thinks about the families she met in Kentucky as a volunteer coordinator for a nonprofit agency that helped people navigate the court system.

Friday, 23 October 2009 12:26

Seminar to focus on child support debt

Director Carolyn Heinrich speaks on "Reducing Child Support Debt and Its Consequences: Can Forgiveness Benefit All?" at the La Follette School seminar on Tuesday, October 27, from noon-1 p.m. in the La Follette School conference room.
Pierre Koning will discuss his paper on the use of performance-based incentives in contracts with Dutch private social welfare providers serving unemployed and disabled workers today, October 13, at noon in the La Follette School conference room.
La Follette School director Carolyn Heinrich is expanding her evaluation of federally mandated tutoring programs in Milwaukee public schools thanks to a four-year $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Early diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's disease could save millions or even billions of dollars while simultaneously improving care, according to new work by La Follette School professor Dave Weimer and co-author Mark Sager, director of the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute of the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Thursday, 01 October 2009 10:15

Newsletter features cost-benefit volume

A new book reviewing the application of cost-benefit analysis to social policy is part of a feature story in a summer 2009 MacArthur Foundation newsletter. La Follette School professor David Weimer and Aidan Vining of Simon Fraser University received a grant from the foundation to produce Investing in the Disadvantaged: Assessing the Benefits and Costs of Social Policies.
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