UW-Madison Student Projects Benefit LIFT Dane and Movin' Out

May 2, 2021

Students from the University of Wisconsin Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs collaborated with two community groups – LIFT Dane (Legal Interventions for Transforming Dane County) and Movin’ Out as part of their culminating Workshop in Public Affairs (PA 869) projects during the Spring 2020 semester.

LIFT Dane sought the students’ assistance with its development of a mobile application (app) to assist emerging middle-class households with civil legal barriers, particularly in the reinstatement of suspended driver’s licenses. The students provided a preliminary implementation analysis of the app and recommended tools for assessing and improving the app’s performance.

“Because LIFT Dane’s model is centered on collaboration among several partners, we explore the frame of collective impact, which provides a model for involving multiple partners to create social change,” the report said. “We recommend LIFT Dane utilize the collective impact framework for organizing the work among its partners by continuing to develop the Economic Justice Institute as the backbone organization and developing a common agenda for policy change among the partners.”