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The Wisconsin Idea in Action

Cost-Benefit Analyses for Local, State, and International Clients

La Follette School of Public Affairs Professor David Weimer, a major national figure in public policy research, supervises teams of graduate students that conduct cost-benefit analyses for local governments, nonprofit organizations, state agencies, and international organizations. The topics are proposed by local clients during the spring and students conduct the analysis in the following fall.


The analyses have addressed a variety of issues. Recent examples include: assessment of in-school mental health services (United Way Fox Cities), physical education and obesity (Wisconsin Obesity Prevention Network), criminal diversion programs (District Attorney Offices in Juneau, Jefferson, and Milwaukee Counties), pest control and culvert replacement (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources), inmate classification (Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council), blood irradiator replacement (U.S. Department of Energy), vitamin A supplementation in Mozambique (UNICEF).

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Dave Weimer

La Follette School of Public Affairs
School or College
College of Letters & Science

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