2017 Polis Center Annual Report 2017 Polis Center Annual Report - Page 5

C O R P O R AT E A N N U A L R E P O R T | 5 Our accomplishments during FY2017 are 3 a true measure of our most valuable assets of all – our outstanding staff. Community Informatics This area focuses on building customized data solutions that support placed-based decision-making to help nonprofit and community-based organizations be more strategic and effective. We transform and integrate administrative data from local, state, and national sources; develop and analyze community-level indicators to understand social issues and how they impact communities; build online data dashboards and decision support tools to make the data accessible in meaningful formats; create actionable information; build data literacy; and build capacity in organizations to use the data to achieve greater impact. Geoinformatics In our geoinformatics initiatives, we combine geospatial analysis, modeling, and outreach activities to address problems faced by planners, engineers, and government officials. The majority of our FY2017 grants and contracts supported activities to prevent or reduce significant losses from natural disasters. Health Geoinformatics Here, we focus on advancing the application of spatial information and methods for translational health research toward improved community health planning and intervention, public health decision support, and patient-centered decision support. It supports the growing disciplines of public health and population health management. Our associated research goals are to facilitate spatial data mining of synthesized clinical and community data, develop spatial analytics, create tools for assessment and decision- making, and build community engagement platforms. Professional Education The Polis education program has delivered workshops, presentations, and related services in more than 100 cities in 40 states and multiple countries since its inception. While this program services a wide range of audiences, one of the key focuses of program activities during the period covered by this report has been the application of geospatial technologies for reducing social and economic impacts from natural hazards. Spatial Humanities This area of emphasis serves an international community of humanities scholars who are int erested in applying geospatial technologies to the disciplines within the humanities to explore new questions about the relationship of space to human behavior and social, economic, political, and cultural development. Spirit & Place Spirit & Place is a community initiative managed by The Polis Center at IUPUI with a mission is to be a catalyst for civic engagement and enduring change through creative collaborations among the arts, humanities, and religion. Through its annual November festival, people-centered community engagement, and year-round activities, Spirit & Place facilitates cross-sector collaborations, training sessions, and public events that spark connections and build bridges between people, ideas, organizations, and places. 5