Indiana Data Partnership

IU leading pioneering effort to share big data and facilitate new connections to address skills gap, substance abuse and other major challenges in Indiana

By Ryan Piurek

The difference between a successful or failed project is often based on successful collaborations. Making connections. Identifying opportunities for coordination and cooperation. Sharing information. Pursuing multiple and diverse perspectives.

Here in Indiana, a pioneering and expanding partnership between the Hoosier state and its flagship public university—designed to create and foster greater access to value-added data and information—is helping government, non-profit and private-sector organizations increase problem-solving and positively address several major challenges facing communities across the state. These issues include, among others, substance abuse, educational disparities, food insecurity and workforce development.  

The Indiana Data Partnership, launched by the state of Indiana and three research centers within Indiana University, is an enhancement of the state's Management Performance Hub, which aims to serve vital public needs by providing state agencies and service organizations with access to key data and analytics to inform their decision-making. IU's participation in the IDP is led by IU's Office of the Vice President for Government Relations and Economic Engagement, and was supported by a $3 million investment from Lilly Endowment Inc. IDP furthers MPH's mission by providing a data gathering, distribution and analytics platform for agencies and participating organizations to more actively and effectively share important data and information. It also establishes a scalable and sustainable framework to help IDP partner organizations identify and pursue connections with other groups that have common clients, goals and services.

The collaboration among these leading IU centers in direct partnership with our state is truly unprecedented.

David Gard, IU Assistant Vice President for University Economic Engagement