The Research Room is a reprint of Forward Analytics research briefs that appear bimonthly in Wisconsin Counties magazine.

The Research Room 12/08/2020

November 2020: Business Health in a Pandemic

While there are news stories about the impacts of the pandemic on specific businesses, there is little data documenting the varied effects on businesses in general. A new survey from the U.S. Census Bureau fills some of that information gap. Read the November 2020 Wisconsin Counties magazine article here.…

The Research Room 09/01/2020

September 2020: The Remote Work Opportunity for Wisconsin

COVID-19 has created illness, death, and economic pain. It is likely to have long-lasting impacts as well. One is a large increase in the number of people working remotely, which ultimately may impact where people choose to live. State, county, and municipal officials in Wisconsin need to begin thinking about how to take advantage of this major shift. Read the…

The Research Room 07/01/2020

July 2020: Disparate Access

The Covid-19 pandemic and related stay at home orders forced a large number of employees to work from home, interacting with coworkers and business associates via meeting software that requires reliable broadband. Most college students finished their spring semesters with online classes, with elementary and secondary students doing the same. Now more than ever, gaps in broadband access have been…

The Research Room 06/03/2020

May 2020: Student Loan Debt in Wisconsin

For at least the past two decades, student loan debt has been a growing problem in the United States. In the May 2020 Research Room, Director Dale Knapp discusses how Wisconsin fares against the rest of the nation, with 62 percent of resident students earning an undergraduate degrees from one of the UW System’s four-year campuses having student loan debt…

The Research Room 03/31/2020

March 2020: Moving In, Moving Out

Wisconsinites must really like the Badger State. At least that is what the latest migration estimates seem to say. In the latest Research Room article, Moving In, Moving Out, Forward Analytics Director Dale Knapp takes a look at migration patterns. Read the March 2020 Wisconsin Counties magazine article here.…