Public Policy Forum Research



Over the years, the Forum has built a reputation as the region's premier source of data and analysis on K-12 education issues, with annual reports on the demographics, achievement and financing of public and private schools. More recently, we have expanded our portfolio to include early childhood education, with a multi-year research project on child care quality that has helped shape state policy in that area. In addition, we have initiated a two-year project on afterschool programming in Milwaukee.

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Feb, 2014
Our recent research has revealed that most afterschool programs in Milwaukee County have received relatively low ratings, and that their biggest hurdle to improving their scores often involved the educational qualifications of program staff. In...
Oct, 2013
For the past 27 years, the Public Policy Forum has compiled and analyzed data on southeast Wisconsin’s public school districts for the purpose of producing a report on trends in the region’s academic performance and demographics. We continue that...
Oct, 2013
Pull-out poster providing Southeastern Wisconsin school performance in an easily readable format. Performance of the K-12 school districts includes enrollment, district finances, student participation and student performance measures.
Jul, 2013
The Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) is Wisconsin’s largest school district, with a population of nearly 80,000 students.  It also is an extremely diverse district from the perspectives of race, economics and academics. The district faces...
Jun, 2013
During the fall of 2012, the Herzfeld Foundation provided funding for the Public Policy Forum to conduct preliminary research regarding the potential for implementing a new community-wide model for providing arts education in Milwaukee. This brief...
Apr, 2013
The Public Policy Forum conducted focus groups of parents at eight Milwaukee afterschool programs to better understand the aspects of programs most valued by parents and their expectations for quality, affordability, and convenience. This research...