About the Forum

Established in 1913 as a good government watchdog, the Public Policy Forum is a private, non-profit, independent research organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of public policy decision-making in southeast 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, nonpartisan discussion among the public and private sectors.

Known for its fierce non-partisanship and objectivity, the Forum focuses its policy research on a broad range of issues affecting southeastern Wisconsin. They include education, local government finance, economic development, social services and other issues impacting the region’s quality of life.

We are supported by more than 250 members from the corporate, government, nonprofit, philanthropic, and higher education communities. Forum membership includes political, civic and opinion leaders in our community who value the Forum's quiet yet critical role in improving public policy decision-making.

In addition to publishing comprehensive research reports and Research Briefs, the Forum hosts discussions and programs on issues of local and regional interest, and offers facilitation and strategic planning services to governmental entities. See our 2016 annual report for more information on our research and other activities, or visit our research or activities page.