Impact Measurement

Wisconsin exhibits some of the highest rates of racial and socioeconomic disparity in the US. Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Applied Population Laboratory suggests that African Americans and Latinos in Wisconsin are disproportionally represented among business owners. African Americans constitute 6.2% of Wisconsin’s population but only own 4.4% of businesses; Latinos also comprise 6.2% of the population but only own less than 1% of businesses.

Wisconsin also exhibits other critical socioeconomic disparities by race/ethnicity within its population that reflects a complex landscape of continuing inequalities.

Poverty Rates in Wisconsin

Percent people below poverty by race/ethnicity: Wisconsin, 100%, 1980-2014

PolicyLink/PERE National Equity Atlas,

Income in Wisconsin

Median hourly wage by race/ethnicity: Wisconsin 2014

PolicyLink/PERE National Equity Atlas,

Home Ownership in Wisconsin

Percent owner-occupied households by race/ethnicity: Wisconsin 2014

PolicyLink/PERE National Equity Atlas,

Invest in Wisconsin is developing new tools for social outreach and impact measurement to look critically beyond current metrics, see new trends and share data to determine best strategies for greatest impact.