Insights & Analysis

Insights that cut through complexity

The issues you deal with are complicated. We’re experts at examining them and turning what we learn into information you can use.

  • Our researchers are authorities in their fields, and they’re personally invested in the issues they study.
  • We drill down to the real causes. We see the big picture and the long view.
  • We have all the tools you need. Our research areas and skills are broad.
  • We’re focused on Indiana, and our findings help communities everywhere.
  • We tell it like it is. Our evidence-based, data-driven research is free of agenda and spin.
  • Most importantly, our work gets results.

Criminal justice

Through our Center for Health and Justice Research, we study the state’s corrections, courts, defense, and prosecution and sentencing systems.

Economic development

We’ll help you understand marketplace data, assess your options, and make decisions that work in the short and long terms.

Housing and community development

Using tools like our in-house geographic information system, we consider all the population issues that affect communities.

Land use and environment

We monitor urban planning initiatives and their impact on energy and the environment. We also offer perspectives on subjects like biofuels and carbon capture and storage.

Public safety

We work with emergency and public safety agencies and service providers to evaluate programs, collect survey and statistical data, and develop implementation plans.

Social policy

We study complex social issues and the effects of social policy through applied and translational research that informs and engages key community stakeholders and organizations.

Tax and finance

We analyze state and local taxes, budgeting, and spending to help leaders respond to changes in tax laws and public finance and improve their communities’ fiscal health.

The information PPI provides is critical to the deliberations of private and public sector leaders as they strive to improve the quality of life in Indiana communities.

N. Clay Robbins, chairman, president, and CEO of Lilly Endowment Inc.

Analysis and planning

  • Analytical studies
  • Crime analysis
  • Data analysis
  • Economic impact analysis
  • Policy analysis
  • Public safety analysis
  • Spatial analysis
  • Strategic planning


  • Economic valuation
  • Policy studies
  • Program evaluation

Facilitation and groups

  • Facilitated decision making
  • Facilitation and mediation
  • Focus groups


  • Benchmarking/indicators
  • Data analysis
  • Data management


  • Econometric modeling
  • Geographic information systems
  • Hedonic modeling
  • Simulation modeling


  • Survey analysis
  • Survey design