Research

Creating new knowledge about society and its issues

Research is an important part of SPEA’s mission, and it involves everyone from faculty and students at SPEA IUPUI to researchers at the IU Public Policy Institute, housed within SPEA.

Both graduate and undergraduate students take part in this research, and many apply it back to the communities they serve. Whether you are evaluating anti-gang initiatives in high crime areas or assessing the quality of a community’s drinking water, you will be shedding light on important topics, potentially flawed systems, and public policies that are always in need of improvement. 

A police officer with a body camera

Researching the effectiveness of police body-worn cameras

As states and police agencies grapple with how to best use body cameras, SPEA IUPUI faculty are also driving the discussion in Indiana.

Assistant Professor Jeremy Carter is working with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) on a body camera pilot program, while Associate Professor Crystal Garcia is part of an Indiana University committee examining the use of body-worn cameras for IU campus police departments.

Both professors, who come from different research backgrounds, are determined to provide evidence to guide body camera adoption, policies, and effectiveness.

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Solve problems at the crossroads of policy, management, and science.