The Center for Financial Security at UW-Madison is an intellectual hub for research and outreach across disciplines. Housed in the School of Human Ecology, the center attracts leading researchers from UW–Madison and across the nation through its expertise in consumer behavior, commitment to outreach and applied scholarship, and access to resources for behavior research and the dissemination of research findings.
Faculty and staff have extensive experience with program development, implementation evaluation, and outcome evaluation. Since its beginning in 2008, the center has operated as a self-funded entity and has strengthened US–Madison’s financial base by securing more than $6.5 million in external funding, supporting 32 graduate and student employees, and supporting several academic staff positions.
La Follette School faculty member J. Michael Collins is the faculty director, and La Follette School professor Pamela Herd is on the center's steering committee. Professor emeritus Karen Holden conducts research with the center on retirement as well as financial learning of children.