Center for Research on Inclusion & Social Policy

Researching issues at the nexus of poverty and social demographics

The Center for Research on Inclusion and Social Policy examines systemic issues at the intersection of social policy and equity, and helps leaders and residents make informed decisions about those issues.

The Center’s projects seek to make race and ethnicity and socioeconomic status a primary focus of our inclusion-related work, with an understanding and a willingness to explore how those factors intersect with gender, neighborhood, and identities that affect one’s well-being.

CRISP's primary goals

  • Evaluate solutions: Support local organizations in understanding programs that address social policy issues.
  • Develop knowledge: Address complex social issues through applied and translational research.
  • Disseminate knowledge: Engage stakeholders and community members in issues related to equity and social policy.
  • Support future problem solvers: Train students in skills related to evaluation and problem solving.

Research areas

All of our work and areas of focus account for disparities in outcomes and trends for different demographics with an emphasis on race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.

We assess trends in neighborhood school performance and outcomes for at-risk students.

We analyze and evaluate homelessness intervention and prevention strategies.

We conduct analyses on affordable housing trends and strategies.

We analyze the challenges facing at-risk neighborhoods in Indianapolis and how they are affected by policies and initiatives.

We analyze effectiveness of programs that aim to reduce poverty in at-risk communities.

We examine root causes of crime-related activities in Indianapolis neighborhoods.

We evaluate programs and evidence-based practices that aim to improve outcomes for youth and families.

Breanca Merritt

CRISP provides a unique opportunity to discuss issues at the nexus of poverty and social demographics. While there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to addressing disparities, CRISP is dedicated to identifying what can work to reduce them.

Breanca Merritt, Founding Director