Several La Follette School courses provide students with service-learning opportunities. Through these courses, students live out the Wisconsin Idea – the principle that research at the University of Wisconsin–Madison can and should improve the lives of people in Wisconsin and elsewhere.
The required Workshop in Public Affairs and other courses match student groups with public, nonprofit, and private organizations to address real-world challenges. While completing these client-based projects, students gain practical experience applying the tools of political, economic, and statistical analysis and evaluation.
Clients range from local, state, and national government offices to international development organizations for whom students produce research-based, analytical, evaluative, and prescriptive reports. Several recent projects, including a study of opioid addition treatment options and research on the costs and benefits of long-term reversible birth control, have received significant attention across numerous audiences.