Current News and Events


Many Families in Indianapolis Not Able to Find Shelter

July 31, 2015
The Institute has released its annual Point-in-Time Count of people experiencing homelessness in Marion County. During the count, 1,666 individuals were identified as experiencing homelessness including 136 families and 285 children.As the report's title acknowledges, many families are not able to secure housing in shelters. More than 25 percent of calls from individuals and families went unmet in... Read More »


New study highlights Cultural Trail's economic impact

July 23, 2015
INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc., today unveiled the findings of a report by the IU Public Policy Institute (Institute) on the initial economic and community impact of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick. The report found that property assessments within approximately one block of the eight mile Trail have increased 148% since 2008, an increase of $1... Read More »


Riggs to lead public safety efforts at IU Public Policy Institute

June 24, 2015
The Indiana University Public Policy Institute is pleased to announce that Troy Riggs will join its team as Director of Public Safety Outreach. Riggs currently serves as Director of Public Safety for the City of Indianapolis.“I have appreciated Troy's partnership in using and acknowledging SAVI database. We are pleased to bring to IUPUI, SPEA, and the Public Policy Institute a public safety leader... Read More »


Institute to partner on Promise Zone initiative

June 10, 2015
The IU Public Policy Institute will partner with the John H. Boner Community Center to evaluate, track, and report data for the Near Eastside of Indianapolis, which was recently named a federal Promise Zone. With this national designation, the federal government will work with local leaders to navigate funding options and increase opportunities to achieve neighborhood-created goals and priorities.... Read More »


Putting Indiana's communities first
Randall T. Shepard and Kathy Davis | Photo by Greg Puls

March 13, 2015
By Kathy Davis and Randall T. Shepard, Guest Columnists No one wants to look back and wonder what we could have and should have done to make Indiana a better place. Instead, by taking a forward-looking approach, the Indiana University Public Policy Institute is evaluating what can be done now to help local communities and our state succeed.Through the Thriving Communities, Thriving... Read More »