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


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.

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

Four chapters are completed to date. These chapters include Health Outcomes, Health Care, Caregiving, and Demographics.

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.

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!

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.

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

The State of Tenants in Central Indiana

There are 294,000 people living in 170,000 low-income renter households. Most of these individuals are women, and most of them are White. Black residents are overrepresented among low-income renters. In Central Indiana, they make up 40 percent of individuals in low-income renter households, but only 15 percent of the population.

How SAVI helped the Indianapolis City-County Council forge a new strategy for reducing crime

This is the first time ever that the council made equitable funding decisions based on data to address disparities rather than equally distributing the funds. The council is now committed to district-specific crime prevention and policy informed by data.