Indianapolis, IN 46204
Dona Sapp joined the IU Public Policy Institute as a senior policy analyst in 2000, working primarily within the Center for Urban Policy and the Environment, which is now a part of PPI. During her tenure, she has assisted government agencies and nonprofit organizations with program evaluations, survey design and analysis (including web-based surveys), and GIS–based spatial analysis. Sapp also served as chief administrative officer from 2005 to early 2007, and continues to assist with the institute’s administrative functions, including proposal development, research compliance with university human subjects’ procedures, and web content updates.
As project manager on the annual traffic safety research project with the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, she oversees PPI’s traffic safety research team’s analyses of Indiana motor vehicle crash data and the production of a series of annual publications on various aspects of traffic collisions, including alcohol-related crashes, light and large trucks, dangerous driving, children, motorcycles, occupant protection, and drivers.
Sapp also serves as a member of the Indiana Traffic Records Coordinating Committee. In her role, Sapp is responsible for improving Indiana traffic–related data collection and sharing and developing linkages between stakeholder data sets that can be used to support efforts to reduce death and injury on Indiana roadways. Her focus over the past few years has been in criminal justice and public safety. However, Sapp has worked on several quality of life projects, including arts and culture, housing and community development, and land use and environment.
Prior to joining the Institute, Sapp served as the director of planning to Indianapolis Public Schools, where she was responsible for enrollment projections and worked with district officials, school administrators, parents, and community groups to create and implement plans for school redistricting.
Sapp holds a Master of Planning degree and a bachelor’s degree in science from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI.