Impartial Research For Informed Debate

The Wisconsin Policy Forum is a nonpartisan, independent statewide policy research organization with offices in Milwaukee and Madison. Our mission is to provide informed, nonpartisan analysis of critical policy issues affecting local governments, school districts, and the state of Wisconsin. Our research and facilitation activities encourage elected officials and community leaders to find effective, data-driven solutions to pressing policy challenges, and promote productive discussion among the public and private sectors.

See Our Research

Be A Part of the Conversation

Join hundreds of corporations, nonprofits, local governments, and school districts and more than 1,000 individuals who ensure the Forum’s continued operation as a valuable and reliable source of independent, nonpartisan government research and education.

Join WPF

Network and Learn

Our events include in-depth policy discussions featuring knowledgeable speakers and panelists encompassing a wide range of perspectives on a variety of timely topics.

Register Today

Upcoming Events

Featured Research

Dec

04

Viewpoint Luncheon – Dec 2019

11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, Woodland Dreams Ballroom
1721 W Canal St, Milwaukee, WI 53233
Jan

21

2020 Annual Meeting

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Wisconsin Club
900 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53233
View Event Calendar
Featured Research

Wisconsin has seen renewed debate in 2019 about legalizing medical marijuana, buoyed by bipartisan – though hardly universal – support for the move. Our analysis of medical marijuana programs across the country indicates that those programs differ in three distinct ways: who qualifies for legal purchases of medical marijuana; how its cultivation, sale, and use is regulated; and whether and how it is taxed. Those three areas also will be the key issues for state lawmakers to deliberate if they move ahead with such a proposal.

View Research
"With your support, the State of Wisconsin – and Greater Milwaukee – will continue to benefit from housing one of the country’s premier public policy research organizations.”

- Steve Radke

Northwestern Mutual

Be part of the conversation.

Join

In The News

Entrepreneurs, business leaders pack Good City Brewing for Startup Milwaukee Week kickoff: Slideshow

Milwaukee Business JournalRead More

In The News

Schools, counties lower retiree health care liabilities, but billions remain

HNG NewsRead More

In The News

Milwaukee area has asset in workforce but lacking in other ways

Daily ReporterRead More