Current News and Events


Grad assistant wins outstanding student award
IU Professor Sheila Kennedy and Matt Impink

April 24, 2015
Congratulations to Matthew Impink, who recently won the Outstanding MPA Student Award during the SPEA Graduation Dinner on April 17 at the Conrad Indianapolis. Impink is graduating from SPEA IUPUI with a Master of Public Affairs and worked as a graduate assistant with SPEA Professor Sheila Kennedy at the IU Center for Civic Literacy. Impink's key projects involved monitoring external research on... 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 »


Share photos of your Indiana town
The city of Bloomington, Indiana

March 12, 2015
What makes your community thrive? Whether it’s a snapshot of the Indianapolis canal on your way to work or an old photo of your college town, we want to see photos of all Hoosier communities. Use #ThriveIN and share your photos @IUPublicPolicy. We’ll retweet your photos and share them in a final photo gallery in December 2016, the state’s 200th birthday. Beginning in early January, Thriving... Read More »


Final "Thriving Communities" public meeting gathers area residents' ideas

March 5, 2015
The IU Public Policy Institute led its final public meeting in Fort Wayne inside a ballroom at IPFW's Walb Student Union. A mix of 30 or so business leaders, politicians, non-profit officials and area residents attended the meeting, reported the The Journal Gazette. Read Event gathers area residents' ideas Read More »


Take the Thriving Communities Survey

February 10, 2015
Thank you for your interest in the Thriving Communities, Thriving State project, a two-year effort to study what makes Indiana communities succeed. Using a place-based approach, the project will take a look at issues affecting (1) small town/rural, (2) mid-sized, and (3) urban areas. Each area will have its own commission to identify how current policies help or hinder communities, where policy... Read More »