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Indiana faces up to $8.5 billion funding gap for wastewater and drinking water infrastructure

November 21, 2016
The 20-year statewide funding gap for Indiana wastewater and drinking water infrastructure is estimated to be between $6.5 billion and $8.5 billion, according to a new study by the Indiana Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations.Between 2005 and 2014, local governments invested approximately $4.5 billion in combined wastewater and drinking water infrastructure. If spending levels remain... Read More »


#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 »