The Polis Center works with its partners to define, measure,
and improve community health, well-being, and resiliency.


Polis Center nominated for TechPoint Mira Awards honoring ‘The Best of Tech in Indiana’

The Polis Center at IUPUI is a nominee in the TechPoint Mira Community Impact category, which recognizes individuals and organizations that have gone above and beyond to support the advancement of Indiana’s tech community. The Mira Awards are the state’s largest, best known, and most prestigious technology awards.

Living in the Community with Dementia

Did you know that dementia is not normal aging? Among those diagnosed with dementia, 70% have Alzheimer’s disease, which is the leading cause of disability and poor health in those 65 and older; and fifth leading cause of death in older adults. Check out the new report, Living in the Community with Dementia!

IGIC awards Data Harvest project Special Achievement Award

This award recognizes special geospatial projects developed through teamwork that demonstrate commitment to working with others in the Indiana GIS community toward a common goal, while performing important, often pioneering work, to create an outstanding information resource.

U.S. Census Bureau Presents Health & COVID-19 Open Data for Good Grand Challenge Award to The Polis Center/SAVI

The Polis Center and its SAVI community information system received a U.S. Census Bureau Open Data for Good Grand Challenge award. The award acknowledges the center’s SAVI COVID-19 Impact Index, which measures the health and economic impact of COVID-19 on each ZIP code in Marion County, Indiana.

Free, web-based ‘Digital Encyclopedia of Indianapolis’ Bicentennial project launched

In collaboration with The Indianapolis Public Library and several major Indianapolis cultural and heritage institutions and organizations, The Polis Center developed a bicentennial legacy project: a digital version of the Encyclopedia of Indianapolis.

Equity & Criminal Justice

An individual’s interaction with the criminal justice system is not necessarily a random event: Research shows that beginning from birth, various factors including disability, race, gender, and economic status result in disproportionate impact on subpopulations in a way that makes them more likely to engage with the criminal justice system.

Featured Projects and Maps

Modern Redlining in Indianapolis?

Our analysis of one million loan applications since 2007 shows that, even when income and debt are the same, having a Black applicant on the loan increases the odds of being denied by 2-3X, and applying for a loan in a historically redlined neighborhood increases the odds of denial by 50 percent.

Polis-Faith in Indiana collaboration awarded Urban Institute Catalyst Grant

Our project, “Analyzing Data to Advance Police Reform in Indianapolis,” will analyze Marion County Jail data to better understand trends in who is incarcerated in the jail and use those findings to promote jail diversion and decarceration efforts in Indianapolis. In addition, Faith in Indiana and Polis will train grassroots leaders to survey community members about their experiences with law enforcement and the justice system. Findings from both activities will be shared through interactive dashboards and visualizations during community meetings led by directly impacted leaders and leverage the General Orders Board to spur reform locally