For 20 years, providing better understanding today for better decisions tomorrow

May 28, 2012

For two decades, Indiana political and community leaders seeking the nonpartisan data and analysis they need to make decisions have found those resources in the research centers that now constitute the IU Public Policy Institute (PPI).

The foundation for PPI was laid on May 8, 1992, when Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis announced the establishment of the Center for Urban Policy and the Environment (CUPE) in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Created with support from Lilly Endowment, Inc., and the university, the center grew from a two-year planning effort that included an Indianapolis conference attended by more than 80 urban leaders and researchers from the United States and Western Europe.
In 2008, the administration and researchers of CUPE became the staff of the IU Public Policy Institute, established by Indiana University as an umbrella organization for research centers affiliated with SPEA, including CUPE and the Center for Criminal Justice Research (also created in 2008). John L. Krauss, one of the original directors of CUPE and current director of the Institute, leads a team of faculty and staff with expertise in policy analysis, program evaluation, facilitation, and planning.
For 20 years, the state of Indiana and its communities, as well as partners in other states and countries, have enjoyed access to a non-ideological research organization and neutral voice that serves political and community leaders who need to understand the long-term effects of policy decisions. Providing services to nearly 200 organizations and agencies in government, the nonprofit sector, and the private sector, PPI and its centers have demonstrated that academic research can significantly improve state and local policy, and become a crucial statewide resource for community service, research, and analysis.