Current News and Events

#ThriveIN's results serve as blueprint to maximize Indiana’s potential

March 23, 2016
Thriving Communities, Thriving State identifies components of critical success: education, investment, talentINDIANAPOLIS – Looking ahead at what can be done to help Indiana communities succeed now and over the next 10 years, the Indiana University Public Policy Institute today shared results from its Thriving Communities, Thriving State project. More than 200 local, regional and state... Read More »

Institute names Koehler as interim director

March 21, 2016
The IU Public Policy Institute today named Kathy Koehler as its interim director. Koehler will succeed Mark Lawrance, who stepped down last month after leading the successful Thriving Communities, Thriving State project.Koehler, who earned her Master of Public Affairs from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at IUPUI, begins her new role in early May.“Kathy has spent her entire... Read More »

Institute researchers conduct IPS Police Department review

March 17, 2016
The IU Public Policy Institute partnered with Indianapolis Public Schools to conduct an overview of IPS Police Department Operations and Activities. Senior policy analysts Dona Sapp and Rachel Thelin worked with IPS to examine budget and personnel, perform key informant interviews, and examine law enforcement data, and surveys from students, staff, and parents.  Some of the key... Read More »

New report evaluates effectiveness of Marion County Mental Health Alternative Court

March 1, 2016
The IU Public Policy Institute has released its latest report, Evaluation of the Marion County Mental Health Alternative Court. SPEA IUPUI Assistant Professor Brad Ray and Senior Policy Analysts Dona Sapp and Rachel Thelin examined program activities of Mental Health Alternative Courts (MHAC) in Marion County during the first year after its implementation. Researchers also conducted stakeholder... Read More »

Institute graduate assistants contribute to Thriving Communities project

February 17, 2016
Since launching over a year ago, the Thriving Communities, Thriving State project has produced data and insights on issues affecting the state. In addition to relying on the expertise of staff and policy analysts, the Institute hired two graduate assistants to study what makes Indiana communities succeed. Here’s what the IUPUI students had to stay about working on the two-year project.Jamar... Read More »