A history of providing objective, reliable information

Leaders and citizens need objective and data-based information to make good decisions. The IU Public Policy Institute provides that information. No spin. No agenda. No party affiliation. Just information, based on research and expert analysis. It's a rare commodity in today's world, but it's essential to setting the right course for our communities and our state.

Created by Indiana University as a multidisciplinary institute within the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), the IU Public Policy Institute began with the formation of two research centers.

In 1992, the Center for Urban Policy and the Environment (CUPE) was established to lead applied research in partnership with community leaders. Making a name for itself, CUPE excelled in areas related to criminal justice, public safety, tax and finance, housing and community development, land use, the environment, and economic development among other research areas. Several years later in 2008, the Center for Criminal Justice Research (CCJR) was created and joined in CUPE's research efforts.

The IU Public Policy Institute made its debut in the same year, initially serving as an umbrella organization for CUPE and CCJR (these centers are now represented by research areas within the Institute).

Today, the Institute offers policy analysis, program evaluation, facilitated discussions and long-term planning to clients from the public, private, government, academic and nonprofit sectors. Led by Director R. Mark Lawrance, the staff and faculty deliver expertise in research areas including but not limited to criminal justice, public safety, housing and community development, land use and the environment and economic development.

Our research continues to provide a neutral voice as leaders, citizens, businesses and organizations face their own policy choices, getting them closer to understanding the impact their decisions will have on the future.

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