Public Policy Institute
Continual improvement requires continual monitoring. The IU Public Policy Institute helps organizations identify key indicators and use them to compare past, current, and desired performance to industry best practices. In addition, the Institute can develop a tailored “dashboard” that allows your organization to monitor its unique benchmarks and track ongoing progress.
Over the past decade, PPI has partnered with the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) to address critical issues related to Indiana’s justice systems including: crime prevention; drug and alcohol abuse associated with crime; law enforcement; sentencing and corrections; and, traffic safety; including program assessments of 12 federal grant programs conducted by PPI on behalf of ICJI between...
The Policy Choices Initiative is a set of projects designed to encourage discussion about issues that are or will be critical to Indiana's future.
The Allen County Superior Court, Family Relations Division has partnered with the Center for Urban Policy and the Environment to evaluate how they process their dependency cases using the Court Performance Measures developed by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice, and the Children's Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Court...Project Details
Indy Reads is a nationally recognized adult literacy program that exists to improve the reading and writing skills of adults in Marion County who read at or below a sixth grade level. Center analysts evaluated the program by analyzing data extracted from Indy Reads' Literacy Pro software and conducting focus groups with selected participants. Analysts identified tutors and students with the most...Project Details
For some organizations, gathering data isn’t the problem -- managing data is. The IU Public Policy Institute helps you develop a strategy for organizing and managing data based on the four key elements of information management: ownership, security, retention policy, and enhancement policy. This service often works hand-in-hand with Data Analysis.
Research has shown for many years that, nationally, persons with mental illness are disproportionately represented in jail and prison. The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recognizes the high prevalence of people with mental and substance use disorders involved with the justice system as a priority and has developed a range of policy initiatives, programs,...
Second project of the Policy Choices Initiative, this one is a place-based analysis.
In 2013, PPI began a project with the Marion County Public Defender Agency (MCPDA) to develop a screening instrument that would determine the indigency status of criminal defendants entering the Marion County criminal courts system.
PPI analyzes CHIP's homelessness database to identify gaps in the data and service provision.
In 2012, PPI began a data-driven, facilitated process for the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership to help coordinate public, private, and philanthropic investments so that these investments have a strategic and holistic impact in Marion County.
Numbers are useless if they aren’t translated into useful information. Whether you have data in hand but aren’t sure what it means, or need help gathering data, the IU Public Policy Institute can make the numbers make sense. The Institute works with organizations to gather, organize, and interpret data so you can understand what the numbers mean – and what they don’t. This service often works hand-in-hand with Data Management.
In 2014, the City of Carmel engaged the IU Public Policy Institute (Institute) to undertake a case study of the city’s core redevelopment strategies since 1995.Project Details
Nearly $6.4 billion. That’s how much it would cost to bring all of Indiana’s rural roads up to an acceptable level and to repair or replace all of Indiana’s functionally obsolete or structurally deficient bridges. The number is nearly triple the state’s financial reserves. It’s quadruple the amount of new money legislators injected into the road funding formulas during the General Assembly’s 2016...Project Details
Financial Needs for Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in Indiana assesses the infrastructure needs of wastewater and drinking water in Indiana. The new study, sponsored by the Indiana Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (IACIR) and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), estimates that the 20-year funding gap for Indiana wastewater and drinking water...
In the fall of 2015, Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) requested the assistance of researchers at the Indiana University Public Policy Institute in conducting a review of IPS Police Department operations. The purpose of this study was to gain a better understanding of the types of activities performed by IPS Police personnel and to identify opportunities for internal and external collaborations...
In early 2015, the United Way of Central Indiana and the Executive Committee of the Marion Superior Court requested the assistance of the Indiana University Public Policy Institute in conducting a formative process evaluation of the Marion County Mental Health Alternative Court (MHAC). The evaluation covers program activities during the first year after implementation and is based on...