The nonpartisan Public Policy Forum, established in 1913 as a good government watchdog, conducts public policy research on a broad range of issues affecting southeastern Wisconsin, the state and the nation. Primary research areas include local government finance, economic development, education, transportation, public safety, and health and human services.
Fiercely independent and widely respected for its unbiased research, the Forum is a source of accurate information for local, state, and national leaders seeking effective answers to public policy issues. In addition, the Forum offers business and community leaders and citizens the opportunity to network and engage in public policy dialogue by hosting:
- Viewpoint luncheon policy discussions featuring knowledgeable speakers and/or panelists
- Annual “Salute to Local Government” awards event
- Policy in a Pub evening events
- Research presentations to government committees and civic groups
- Wisconsin’s only nonpartisan policy blog
You can join hundreds of corporations, non-profits, local governments, school districts, and individuals who ensure the Forum’s continued operation as a valuable and reliable community resource and source of free information. By becoming a member, your organization will receive:
- Notification when new reports and research briefs are released
- Invitations to members-only presentations and discussions
- Discounted rates for Public Policy Forum events like Viewpoint Luncheons
- Opportunities to have Public Policy Forum researchers meet with your staff to discuss policy issues in an informal setting
- Direct access by telephone or email to our expert team of policy researchers for answers on individual questions
The Forum's dues structure is based on the size and type of organization with which you are associated. All employees of organizational members are eligible for Forum benefits. Not affiliated with an organization or company? Individual memberships are also welcomed. Please consult our Dues Structure for more detailed information.