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The Polis Center at IUPUI is seeking a talented student who wants to make a difference while gaining valuable social media content development experience. In this role, you will be promoting the SAVI Community Information System (SAVI), a free online data resource which helps nonprofit organizations, academia, and government agencies improve strategic planning and programming efforts. Your primary goal is to increase the visibility and awareness of SAVI. In short, SAVI engages organizations by: Identifying their data and information...read more
Assessing your community’s needs and assets is an important first step in planning community improvements. In fact, users report “community assessments” as the number one use of the SAVI community information system, helping them make more informed decisions about program priorities and identifying existing community resources. We’ve made this process much simpler for you with the easy-to-use SAVI Community Assessment & Planning Tool. The big improvement is that it streamlines planning, pulling together the most critical...read more
18th Annual Event Honors ‘the best of tech in Indiana’ IndyVitals–a digital neighborhood monitoring tool developed by The Polis Center at IUPUI in partnership with the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee (GIPC) and the City of Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development–has been nominated as Innovation of the Year for the 18th annual TechPoint Mira Awards presented by Angie’s List, Genesys, and Salesforce. The Innovation of the Year Award category recognizes scientific achievements, the results of R&D...read more
POLIS CENTER OFFICIAL WINS PLACEMAKING AWARD TO GALVANIZE BLIGHTED INDIANAPOLIS COMMUNITY AND IMPROVE PUBLIC SAFETY
Lashawnda Crowe Storm, Spirit & Place Community Engagement Director for the Polis Center at IUPUI, and Phyllis Viola Boyd are the award-winners of a three-year, $200,000 grant from Artplace’s National Creative Placemaking Fund to support their public safety and neighborhood improvement project, RECLAIM. RECLAIM will use art to develop vacant spaces along an unsafe, walking corridor traveled by elementary school children in northwest Indianapolis into a safe pathway where blight is transformed into beauty and economic opportunity. The...read more
On Wednesday, December 14, delegates from the World Bank Group visited IUPUI as guests of The Polis Center and the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Research (OVCR). The group included officers and specialists from the South Asia Disaster Risk Management team and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR). The World Bank team came to IUPUI specifically to learn more about The Polis Center’s risk analysis and disaster mitigation planning. It was especially interested in how Polis engages communities in mitigation...read more
On December 8, 2016, The Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC) convened several Indianapolis/Marion County stakeholders for a conversation on environmental disparities in Indianapolis. The Polis Center and the IU Fairbanks School of Public Health collaborated to present data to inform the conversation. Jay Smirat and Dr. Yi Wang with Fairbanks presented their work on the creation of an environmental index and maps to assess neighborhood vulnerability and environmental burden. Sharon Kandris, Director of Community Informatics at the Polis...read more
We are pleased to announce that a paper co-authored by Karen Comer, Director of Collaborative Research and Health Geoinformatics; Dr. Brian Dixon, Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health and Regenstrief Institute; Dr. Joe Gibson, Marion County Public Health Department; Dr. Marc Rosenman, IU School of Medicine; Jennifer L. Craig, Regenstrief Institute; and Dr. Jian “Frank” Zou, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, was published in the October 2016 issue of the peer-reviewed journal Frontiers in Public Health Systems and Services Research...read more
Polis Center Geoinformatics Director Tapped for Centre for Sustainability & Future Studies Advisory Board
Tarek Rashed, PhD, Director of Geoinformatics at the Polis Center at IUPUI, has been appointed to a three-year term on the advisory board of the Centre for Sustainability and Future Studies at the British University in El Sherouk, Egypt. The Centre’s research goals for sustainable communities apply to world-wide issues, which is why it seeks international contributions. The advisory board includes distinguished professors, deans, or directors of geospatial, urban planning, and architecture centers from Great Britain, the US, and...read more
Indianapolis is routinely recognized as one of the more affordable regional housing markets in the nation. This relative affordability lies within the eye of the beholder as Indianapolis also fares relatively poorly in income inequality. To many low-and moderate-income households, the housing of their choice may be out of reach. Urban Analyst John Marron looks more deeply into this issue in the report, The Affordable Housing Market and Why It Matters, produced in partnership with The Polis Center at IUPUI for the SAVI community information...read more
Financial stability for individuals and families is critical on many levels, providing a sense that one can, at minimum, consistently provide shelter and food. A living wage is a determining factor of economic stability; it is a path to quality education that provides marketable skills. Owning a home is often considered a reflection of a family’s financial health. This magazine’s feature story, “A Better Foundation: Building Economic Prosperity with Truly Affordable Housing,” highlights a central theme of the report, The...read more