The Indianapolis-Marion County City-County Council was awarded the John L. Krauss Award for Public Policy Innovation by the Indiana University Public Policy Institute. IU says the biennial award is presented to an individual or entity for applied research or activity that helps the state of Indiana or Hoosier communities with real-world solutions.
“What distinguishes the City-County Council from other legislative bodies is its desire to use objective research and analysis to inform members on key issues, and to help them improve service and responsiveness to their constituents,” said PPI Director Tom Guevara.
In 2019, the council worked with PPI to measure the council’s legislative efficacy. Researchers conducted public surveys, interviews, and reviewed administrative data.
Council President Vop Osili said the recognition is a “wonderful reminder that it’s not just what we do that matters, but that how we do it matters, too.”
“I believe the entire team at the Public Policy Institute understands the risk that feels inherent for any governing body to open itself to the level of scrutiny applied in academia, and I very much appreciate PPI’s commitment to not only encouraging us in that regard, but to challenging us to continue seeking opportunities to do better,” Osili said. “To receive an award named for (John Krauss) is an incredible honor.”
The award is named after PPI founder John Krauss, who served as deputy mayor of Indianapolis from 1982 to 1991 during the Bill Hudnut administration. Previous winners include Brain Payne, president and chief executive officer of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, and Moira Carlstedt, president and CEO of the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership.