Educational Policy Analysis and Evaluation



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educational policy analysis and evaluation


The University of Wisconsin-Madison provides a rich academic environment for graduate study in Educational Policy and Policy Analysis, with offerings for a graduate major related to education and policy analysis in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy AnalysisThe Department of Educational Policy Studies and The LaFollette School of Public Affairs

Students interested in the study of policy analysis in general, or of the analysis of non-educational issues, should consider the offerings of the LaFollette School of Public Affairs. 







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PhD Profile Masters Profile

The difference between the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis and the Department of Educational Policy Studies. 

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis

offers degrees in Educational Policy Analysis and Evaluation at the Master's and Doctoral levels with an emphasis on conducting educational policy research and analysis with a goal of advancing the achievement of all students through effective policy design, development, implementation and evaluation of educational policies and programs. Students develop a knowledge base that includes a strong foundation in research methods (both quantitative and qualitative), and an ability to conduct sophisticated educational policy research and analysis grounded in understandings of the educational policy and governance system in the U.S. and the issues and challenges facing educational leaders embedded in school, university, community/technical college, or adult learning contexts. 

Recent graduates of the program

are faculty members at research universities, researchers in research centers and consulting firms, policy analysts for non-profit organizations, University administrators, a University President, and policy analysts at the federal and state levels.   


Research Centers

Department faculty and faculty affiliates include directors and senior scholars of several policy research centers on campus. Many doctoral students in policy are employed at one or more of these centers during their stay at the University:

The Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education:The Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE) is a relatively new center on campus designed to engage key stakeholders – researchers, faculty members, university staff, senior administrators, and community and government leaders – in an ongoing dialogue about postsecondary education. This exchange enhances the understanding of postsecondary education and its role in improving our society and our lives. WISCAPE engages key audiences through three broadly defined themes: financing postsecondary education, managing and leading the entrepreneurial university, and expanding the boundaries of postsecondary education.


educational policy analysis and evaluation faculty 

Geoffrey Borman-whose research applies state-of-the-art quantitative methods to evaluating educational interventions designed to improve the achievement of disadvantaged student populations. His current research includes studies of comprehensive school reform and school context and their impacts on student achievement.

John Diamond– whose research focuses on the influence of race and class on students' educational experiences and outcomes, leadership and organizational change, educational policy, policy implementation, sociology of education, the relationship between schools and communities.

Peter Goff– whose research focuses on school Leadership (assessment, evaluation, and labor market); School Finance; Experimental and Quasi-experimental Research Methods.

Nicholas Hillman– whose research focuses on higher education finance; public policymaking; student financial aid policy; college access and equity.

Carolyn Kelley- whose scholarship focuses on leadership preparation and strategic human resources management in schools, including teacher compensation, principal and teacher evaluation, and leadership development. She is co-author with Richard Halverson of the Comprehensive Assessment of Leadership for Learning (, a multi-source formative assessment that measures distributed leadership practices in schools.

Julie Mead-whose legal scholarship focuses on choice and charter schools and students with disabilities. Specifically, she has examined the impact of choice and charter school laws on students with disabilities and students of color


In addition, the University of Wisconsin-Madison provides significant additional depth and focus on educational policy. Policy faculty in other departments are often affiliated with the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis.

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