About Us

The Wisconsin Policy Forum is a statewide nonpartisan, independent policy research organization with offices in Milwaukee and Madison. We 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, school districts, and individuals. Our membership includes political, business, and civic leaders in our community.

In addition to publishing comprehensive research reports and policy briefs, 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

We conduct impartial public policy research and analysis to drive informed debate and effective decision-making in the state of Wisconsin.

Our Purpose

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 bring to light new knowledge on policy issues important to state government, local governments, schools, Metro Milwaukee, and Wisconsin's economy and disseminate that knowledge to thought leaders and decision-makers.

We analyze and publish information about the finances of state and local governments and school districts to increase awareness of fiscal and service-level challenges and promote efficient, effective, and equitable use of taxpayer dollars.

Organizational Documents

Just the Facts

The 100-Year History of Milwaukee’s Public Policy ForumDownload Report

2020-2023 Strategic Plan

As the merged organization enters its third year, there is a need to consider the stability of its business model and to revisit how to appropriately align it with the organization’s research portfolio and strategic...Download Report

2020 Financial Statements

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2020 Annual Report

At the start of 2020, the Forum launched a newly developed strategic plan that was created to guide our organization for the next three to five years. Among our key initiatives were efforts to expand...Download Report

2019 Annual Report

If the inaugural year for the Wisconsin Policy Forum laid footings for the future, our second year was all about building on them to reach new heights. We are proud to say 2019 was when...Download Report

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