Leadership and Staff

Hilary ShagerHilary Shager

103 Observatory Hill Office Building
1225 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 263-2409

Curriculum Vitae

Hilary Shager became Associate Director of the La Follette School in March 2014. She is the Director of the Wisconsin Family Impact Seminars and Committee Connect, initiatives that work to create better public policy by connecting the Wisconsin State Legislature and the University, and by elevating the role of research in policymaking. She formerly was a research analyst at the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, where she designed and conducted evaluations of the state’s early care and education, child welfare, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and child support programs. More broadly, her research interests include early childhood education, poverty, and the intersection of education and social welfare policy.

She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she received her Ph.D. in public policy in 2012. She is also a La Follette School of Public Affairs alumna who received her Master of Public Affairs in 2005. Prior to her graduate studies, she taught high school and middle school language arts and social studies in Fort Atkinson and Madison, Wisconsin.

Heidi NormandinHeidi Normandin
Associate Director

B6 Observatory Hill Office Building
1225 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 263-2353

Heidi has been connecting state legislators with nonpartisan information for most of her career. She earned a Master’s in Public Affairs and Policy Analysis from the La Follette School of Public Affairs in 1998. Since then, she has worked for the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau, Families and Schools Together (FAST) International, Education Commission of the States, and Wisconsin Family Impact Seminars.

Karen_BogenschneiderKaren Bogenschneider
Founder and Director Emeritus

4109 Nancy Nicholas Hall
1300 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 262-4070

Curriculum Vitae

Karen Bogenschneider is a Rothermel-Bascom Professor of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her Ph.D. in Child & Family Studies with a public policy education minor in 1990 from UW-Madison. Since its inception in 1993, Professor Bogenschneider has served as director of the Wisconsin Family Impact Seminars. From 1999 to 2014, she served as executive director of the Family Impact Institute, which is currently providing training and technical assistance to 25 states and the District of Columbia that have conducted over 190 seminars on topics such as health care, juvenile crime, school finance, teenage pregnancy, positioning youth for workforce success, youth resilience, and so forth.

Dr. Bogenschneider’s book, Family Policy Matters: How Policymaking Affects Families and What Professionals Can Do, is the market leader in the field with the third edition published in January, 2014. In 2010, she co-authored (with Thomas Corbett) the book, Evidence-Based Policymaking: Insights from Policy-Minded Researchers and Research-Minded Policymakers. (A second edition has been requested.) Dr. Bogenschneider was invited to write the family policy decade review in 2000 and 2010 for the Journal of Marriage and Family. In addition, she has published 21 articles in scientific journals and 6 book chapters, and edited 33 briefing reports for state policymakers.

Dr. Bogenschneider is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences. In 2014, she delivered the keynote address at the 20th commemoration of the United Nations’ International Year of the Family. She also was an invited speaker at an international conference sponsored by the Doha International Family Institute in Qatar. She has been PI of over $3.8 million of funding to support her research and outreach. She holds a named professorship, the highest award given to professors at the UW-Madison. In 2013, she received the President’s Award from the National Council on Family Relations, and in 2010 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions by an Extension Specialist from the National Extension Family Life Specialists. In 2008, she received the Engagement Award from the Board of Human Sciences of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges. In 2006, she was named a fellow of the National Council on Family Relations. She has received several awards from her university and her undergraduate alma mater for excellence in scholarship and outreach.

Recent Publications

          • Bogenschneider, K., Little, O., & Johnson, K. (2013). Policymakers’ use of social science research: Looking within and across policy actors. Journal of Marriage and Family, 75, 263-275.
          • Bogenschneider, K., Little, O., Ooms, T., Benning, S., Cadigan, K., & Corbett, T. (2012). The family impact lens: A family-focused, evidence-informed approach to policy and practice. Family Relations, 61, 514-531.
          • Bogenschneider, K. (2013). Making a global case for family policy: How families support society and how policies support families. In A. Abela & J. Walker (Eds.), Contemporary issues in family studies: Global perspectives on partnerships, parenting and support in a changing world (pp. 379-381). Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
          • Bogenschneider, K., & Corbett, T. (2010). Family policy: Becoming a field of inquiry and subfield of social policy. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72, 783-803.