About Us

The Wisconsin Policy Forum is a statewide nonpartisan, independent policy research organization with offices in Milwaukee and Madison. Our mission is to provide informed 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.

We focus our policy research on a broad range of issues affecting the state with a particular emphasis on Milwaukee and southeast Wisconsin, including government finance, economic development, education, and social services.

We are supported by hundreds of corporations, nonprofits, local governments, and school districts and more than 1,000 individuals. Our membership includes political, civic, and opinion leaders in our community.

In addition to publishing comprehensive research reports, Focus, and The Wisconsin Taxpayer, we host discussions and programs on issues of local, regional, and statewide interest, and offer facilitation and strategic planning services to governmental entities.

Our Mission

Research, analyze and communicate information about the finances, performance, and relationship of state and local governmental bodies in the state of Wisconsin to enhance government efficiency and educate citizens and taxpayers.

Our Commitment

We combine the traditions, expertise, and credibility of Wisconsin's two most respected nonpartisan policy research organizations - the Public Policy Forum and the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance - to improve the quality of government decision-making in Wisconsin.

We bring to light new knowledge on issues important to state government, local government, schools, Metro Milwaukee, and Wisconsin's economy.

We provide impartial data and analysis that will allow government leaders and the public to consider all sides of critical policy issues.

We create an effective, visible platform to educate and inform policy makers, citizens, taxpayers, the media, and others.

Annual Reports

2018 Annual Report

The inaugural year of the Wisconsin Policy Forum – formed by the merger of the Public Policy Forum and Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance – could not have gone more smoothly.Download Report