The Wisconsin Policy Forum, a widely respected nonpartisan research organization, is going digital with its analysis of Milwaukee’s progress toward a knowledge-based economy.

The forum on Thursday will unlock the new Metro Milwaukee Innovation DataTool on its website, providing an easily accessed snapshot of how the area is doing on a group of key economic indicators.

The upshot: Not bad on the quality of our workforce, middling to poor on most everything else. More on that later.

The forum has gathered this sort of data before, benchmarking Milwaukee against several metropolitan areas the group deemed peers, along with a couple of leaders. That information got packaged in two reports, one published in 2010 and the other in 2017.

But the appetite for 40-page reports is waning, forum president Rob Henken said.

“We’re making a concerted effort, when appropriate, to turn more of our research and analysis into interactive web-based format,” he said. Read the story here.