The Indiana University Public Policy Institute has selected Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney Erika Oliphant for its 2023 John L. Krauss Award for Public Policy Innovation for her work to promote equitable justice in Monroe County. The Krauss Award is given to an individual or entity for applied research or activity that helps Indiana and/or Indiana communities with real-world solutions.
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Children whose mothers are behind bars are highly susceptible to long-lasting health and behavioral challenges. As the number of incarcerated mothers climbs, the Center for Health and Justice Research analyzed the impact on children and provided recommendations to improve conditions for incarcerated mothers and their children.
In Indiana, the shortage of affordable and available housing has grown in recent years. Researchers from the Center for Research on Inclusion and Social Policy provide suggestions for addressing the problem.
Indiana is making efforts to shift to more clean and renewable energy sources, while also attempting to expand access to these services.
Indiana has the third-highest maternal mortality rate in the country. Learn more about recommendations from CRISP researchers on how to address the problem.
Refugees resettling in Indiana face barriers to success. Read more about the implications of those challenges and possible solutions to reducing those barriers in the latest policy brief from the Center for Research on Inclusion and Social Policy.
A new policy brief from the Center for Research on Inclusion and Social Policy examines homelessness in Marion County, Indiana, and provides policy solutions to help address the issues that cause homelessness.
For more than a decade, the IU Public Policy Institute (PPI) and the Coalition for Homelessness Interventionand Prevention (CHIP) have collaborated with local organizations to conduct Marion County’s annual Point-in-Time (PIT) Count. As mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the PIT Count reports the number of people experiencing homelessness on a single night in January. This report highlights key findings and takeaways from the PIT Count to inform policy decisions and service provision.
Following the passage of Indiana's new bill governing charitable bail bond organizations, the CRISP research team examined the bail bond system and Indiana HEA 1300's potential impact on defendants. Learn more about the bail bond system's effect on racial disparities within the criminal justice system and efforts to reform the use of bail bonds in this latest policy brief from the Center for Research on Inclusion and Social Policy.
PPI bestowed the biennial award to the Indianapolis-Marion County City-County Council for its efforts to improve service and responsiveness to its constituents.
For more than a decade, the IU Public Policy Institute and the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention have worked with local organizations to conduct Marion County’s annual Point-In-Time Count. The PIT Count provides a critical glimpse into Indianapolis’ homeless community and serves as a resource for policy makers and leaders to learn about the people who make up this population.
Analysts at the Center for Research on Inclusion and Social Policy created a new framework for economic growth in Indianapolis. Read more about the plan that focuses on growing an economy through equity and inclusion.
Learn more about CRISP's new interim director, Wanda Thruston, a clinical assistant professor and special assistant to the Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the IU School of Nursing in Indianapolis.
A new analysis of township assistance programs in Marion County, Indiana, looks at how township assistance funding is distributed to those in need, examines trends from 2011 through 2019, and makes recommendations on how the program can better serve local residents. Read the full report for detailed township-level data on township assistance practices and outcomes.
The 2020 survey of local elected officials found that leaders across the state are optimistic about their communities' futures despite the many challenges they say their communities face.
A new study from the Center for Health and Justice Research at the IU Public Policy Institute found that changes made in 2020 due to COVID-19 reduced jail populations across Indiana and may have long-term impacts on jail operations.
In 2016, the United Way of Central Indiana started its Great Families 2020 initiative as a way to promote a two-generational approach in helping families in Indianapolis. The first of three brief examines how participating organizations felt about the program.
A new analysis of eviction trends in Marion County, Indiana, found significant disparities for minority communities. From January 2015 through December 2019, Black and Hispanic/Latinx communities in Marion County consistently experienced significantly higher eviction rates.
O'Neill School Associate Professor Sameeksha Desai has been named the new director for the Manufacturing Policy Institute.
PPI led a team of researchers to create a report that analyzes the impact the impending closures and partial closures of four coal-fired generating plants—Schahfer (Jasper County), Michigan City, Petersburg, and Rockport—will have on communities in Indiana.
Addressing the overdose epidemic still plaguing Indiana requires a holistic approach from teams that combine different disciplines. New analysis from the Center for Health and Justice Research (CHJR) at the IU Public Policy Institute looks at what challenges these teams face, what can help them be successful, and best practice recommendations that can ensure these teams are ready to help Hoosiers trapped in addiction.
Indiana is one of only eight states that will use paperless voting machines in the November 2020 elections. Yet new analysis from the IU Public Policy Institute finds that the state’s reliance on older paperless voting machines could pose security risks in the upcoming election.
A new CHJR evaluation finds prison writing programs provide benefits for inmates and facilities alike.
WFYI and other Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations will air PPI's third gubernatorial forum throughout September and October ahead of the general election on November 3.
New analysis from PPI finds that minority residents in Marion County face barriers to acquiring home purchase loans, refinancing, and home improvement loans, especially for those living in majority-Black neighborhoods.
CRISP researchers worked with the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP) to conduct its annual report about the state of homelessness and homeless populations in Indianapolis.
Analysis of how residents, faith-based leaders, social service providers, and criminal justice professionals view crime and drivers of crime on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis.
CRISP researchers examine the impact the public charge rule may have on immigrant communities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Analysis from the Center on Health and Justice Research found U.S. jail populations dropped nearly 17 percent overall during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Stay-at-home orders designed to minimize the spread of COVID-19 have a varying impact of crimes in Indianapolis.
PPI Director Tom Guevara joined Tina Cosby on Community Connections to discuss the current recession and its impact.
CRISP Director Dr. Breanca Merritt, Ph.D., joins All IN radio show to discuss the role institutionalized racism plays in the current protest movement.
COVID-19 has resulted in a disproportionate number of deaths among black Hoosiers. These differences often have underlying causes that stem from institutional, structural, and social disparities.
A five-month research study can position council to consider strategic changes that have the potential to foster performance in some areas and navigate barriers to effectiveness in others.
New analysis from the Center for Research on Inclusion and Social Policy sheds light on black homeownership and home values in Marion County’s predominately black neighborhoods. Homes in these areas are undervalued when compared to homes in neighborhoods with few or no black residents.
Analysis of gun violence in Indianapolis (2014-2016) provides a better understanding of where shootings happened and the social factors at play.
CRISP’s analysts examined data on housing instability in Marion County and found many renters struggle with low wages and high rent burden.
Eric Grommon, an associate professor at the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, has been named the interim director of the Center for Health and Justice Research at the Indiana University Public Policy Institute.
New data from the IU Public Policy Institute’s Center for Health and Justice Research shows a drop in the number of accidental overdose deaths in Marion County, including those that were opioid-related. Despite that decline, opioids were still present in 78 percent of the county’s 361 overdose deaths in 2018.
CRISP analysts look at eviction trends, the impact of those trends, and recommendations to address Marion County, Indiana's high eviction rates.
PPI partnered with the Immigrant Welcome Center and several IUPUI schools and offices to develop the program, which is designed to help students build the skills and connections necessary to thrive in their new community and to envision a path to college after completing high school.
Findings have policy implications that policymakers should consider, including the fact that effectiveness of bias crime legislation should be further evaluated for impact and operation.
The Center for Research on Inclusion and Social Policy will focus on informing and educating the public about the many factors of social policy.
Center director Brad Ray says the new name will better reflect the center’s work, while ensuring it doesn’t contribute to the stigmatization of the populations involved in that work.
The Indiana University Public Policy Institute and The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will host a policy forum and workshop April 25 that will focus on how to expand economies and innovation-led job growth in smaller communities in Indiana.
Drew Klacik, a senior policy analyst with the Indiana University Public Policy Institute, will be keynote speaker at the 109th Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 28 at The Commons in downtown Columbus.
A new report from Indiana University examines what community leaders such as mayors, county commissioners, and city and county council members know about the 211 service in Indiana. Despite the availability of the 211 service in all 92 Indiana counties, only 39 percent of local government officials are aware of its existence.
A review of a state program launched two years ago to improve recovery and reduce recidivism among felony offenders who have mental health or addiction issues shows the program is producing positive results.
The Indiana University Public Policy Institute is holding a special symposium and reception to celebrate 25 years of helping decision makers across the state effect change and a better quality of life for Hoosiers.
PPI will evaluate whether the M-CAT model results in fewer arrests and hospitalizations, quicker and more frequent alleviation of other emergency response vehicles, as well as changes in the utilization of 911 emergency calls.