WIPPS report shows dislocated mill workers fared remarkably well

A new report entitled, “Serving Dislocated Workers from the Port Edwards Paper Mill: A Return on Investment Study” was released by the North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board (NCWWDB). A worker survey and survey data analysis was conducted and a final report written by the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service (WIPPS). More.

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David R. Obey Civic Resource Center To Open September 3


The David R. Obey Civic Resource Center will open to the public September 3, 2014 at the UW Center for Civic Engagement in Wausau.  The mission of the Obey Center is to educate and encourage young people to become knowledgeable and active participants in a healthy democratic society.  The Obey Center also provides research opportunities for students, scholars, and citizens using original congressional archive material in partnership with the Wisconsin State Historical Society through its Area Resource Network.  Stay tuned for our public invitation to the grand opening.



WIPPS New Identity Video Revealed!

A glimpse into the work of the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service. Learn about our projects, our goals and why we are vital to the citizens of Wisconsin.


Welcome to the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service

WIPPS is a nonprofit institute that addresses local, state, and national issues by linking public scholarship, civic outreach, and student service to enhance community life throughout Wisconsin and beyond.

WIPPS’ work is responsive and collaborative. We bring non-partisan approaches, tools, and resources to help state and local governments, businesses, non-profit organizations, and citizens address and solve real problems.

WIPPS adheres closely to the Wisconsin Idea by connecting the resources of the public university to issues relevant to the citizens of Wisconsin.

  • WIPPS sponsors and organizes statewide conferences, including recent conferences on: overcoming poverty; understanding globalization for Wisconsin business; developing sustainable communities; assessing the ethics of stem cell research; addressing the origins of domestic violence; and rethinking the civic mission of the public university.
  • WIPPS fosters non-partisan civic dialogue, deliberation, and healthy debate on complex issues. We partner with libraries, universities, schools, government entities, and other organizations to host public dialogues on topics ranging from the future of health care in America, to the challenges of immigration, to the national debt.
  • WIPPS provides opportunities for college students to engage in collaborative research, participate in internships, enage in meaningful service to their commnities, and gain valuable leadership skills.
  • WIPPS encourages public scholarship and research to address needs in our state and communities. We sponsor faculty and student fellowships and assist with grant-writing to encourage interdisciplinary research that can be translated into real world action.

WIPPS holds the vision that all citizens of Wisconsin can become educated and engaged community members and active participants in civic life.

We invite you to explore our website and contact us with any questions, comments, or feedback at info@wipps.org



  • September 3, 2014 - David R. Obey Civic Resource Center "Grand Opening"