Public Scholarship

Working in collaboration with other UW entities (including four-year universities, the two-year colleges, and UW- Extension) the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service draws upon the expertise of faculty and agents to address public problems through research and scholarship in support of community-identified needs. These public scholarship programs may take the form of conferences, panel discussions, public projects, surveys, studies, presentations, publications in online journals, and more, and they can help communities and citizens with decision-making at the local and state levels.

University scholars and artists are increasingly engaging in public scholarship, using cutting-edge technology and innovative methodologies, and integrating research with adventurous teaching strategies. Outcomes of these campus/community projects can include peer-reviewed articles in scholarly journals, new forms of pedagogy, policy recommendations for local governments, and collaborative arts endeavors that build inter-disciplinary networks.

Public scholarship means maximizing how university research informs and is informed by the public good. This work generates knowledge and technology, educates the public about what research the university does, and responds to input from the public about what research needs to be done. Public scholarship contributes to the intellectual and social capital of the university, the community, and the state, improving the quality of life for all citizens.