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

 

Polis Center Experts in Disaster Resilience

The Polis Center’s expertise in neighborhood level community information differentiates it, bringing a holistic perspective to best identify improvements. It looks beyond the physical infrastructure elements of mitigation by bearing in mind a region’s vulnerable populations, social weaknesses and services, social determinants of health, and more when preparing a community’s MHMP.

SAVI Talks: City of Indianapolis Equity Report Card Part 1

On October 27, in collaboration with WFYI Public Media, we will host Part 1 of a new project, the City of Indianapolis Equity Report Card. How do you envision a more equitable Indianapolis? How should we measure racial equity? Join SAVI for a community conversation about the outcomes that are important to measure as we hold ourselves accountable to creating a racially just community. We will present some initial findings on draft metrics, but mostly we are looking for your input about what to measure and how. More details to come.

How is Indianapolis Doing?

We’ve started a new SAVI project, How Is Indianapolis Doing?, which will provide monthly updates on how the Indianapolis metro area is recovering and emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic impacted nearly every aspect of life in American cities for the past two years and Indianapolis was no exception. This project will feature regularly updated visualizations on some of the most pressing and challenging issues in our community.

Developing a Real-Time Eviction Tracker

There have been more than 11,000 evictions filed in Marion County in the first six months of 2022. 75% of eviction filings come from frequent evictors (those who have filed 10 or more evictions in the last six months). 65% of evictions are in large apartment complexes, even though only 14% of rental households are in large complexes.

The State of Aging in Central Indiana Report 2022 updates underway.

Four chapters are updated to date. These chapters include Health Outcomes, Health Care, Caregiving, and Demographics. By late September, we anticipate updated Aging in Place and Social Well-being chapters.

Check out the free, web-based ‘Digital Encyclopedia of Indianapolis’ Bicentennial project

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.

Who's in the Marion County Jail?

The report examines inmate and booking data obtained from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, explores length of stay and the presence of mental health and substance use among Marion County Jail inmates, and considers racial disproportionalities within the jail.

Featured Projects and Maps

Polis Center Experts in Flooding and Other Natural Disasters Resiliency

The Polis Center conducts flood and natural disaster mitigation planning on behalf of most Indiana counties and the state Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plans in Indiana (MHMP). The center’s expertise in neighborhood level community information differentiates it, bringing a holistic perspective to best identify improvements. It looks beyond the physical infrastructure elements of mitigation by bearing in mind a region’s vulnerable populations, social weaknesses and services, social determinants
of health, and more when preparing a community’s MHMP.

How is Indianapolis Doing?

One of our new SAVI projects, How Is Indianapolis Doing?, provides monthly updates on how the Indianapolis metro area is recovering and emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic impacted nearly every aspect of life in American cities for the past two years and Indianapolis was no exception. This project will feature regularly updated visualizations on some of the most pressing and challenging issues in our community. Categories include Employed Persons, Employment in Key Sectors, Housing Prices, How Long Houses are on the Market, Monthly Rent, Gas Prices, Public Transit Usage, Office Occupancy, Violent Crime, and Pandemic Relief Funding. The project was inspired by The City, based in New York City.