1st Quarter, 2016

Election season can be a difficult time to work for a nonpartisan public policy think tank. On a personal level, the urge to spout off on social media about things we see or hear from candidates must be squelched, and requests to place yard signs or make campaign contributions must be rejected...

4th Quarter, 2015

With the close of another year, I wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on the Forum's research accomplishments in 2015 and preview some of the topics we'll be pursuing in the new year. In terms of research volume, the past year was an unqualified success. We published 21 reports, which is...

3rd Quarter, 2015

Members and friends of the Forum may have noticed that we've been pretty busy lately. During this past quarter we released six reports, which is the most in any quarter since I joined the Forum in January 2008. And, if that's not prolific enough, we anticipate releasing an additional seven or...

2nd Quarter, 2015

A couple of weeks ago, I was taken aback when a long-time supporter of the Forum wondered aloud to me whether our efforts to collect, analyze, and disseminate policy data are worth the effort. It's not that she discounted the quality of our work, but that she questioned its value given her...

1st Quarter, 2015

One of the three strategic goals that emanated from the Forum's 2014 strategic planning process was to "develop new tactics to ensure that our research is making a difference."  Specifically, our new three-year strategic planning document specifies that:

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