There’s a new resource in the quest for equality and inclusion.
“Our goal is public service through public information,” says Breanca Merritt, director of the newly formed Center for Research on Inclusion and Social Policy—known as CRISP.
The Indiana University Public Policy Institute created CRISP to serve as a centralized resource for reliable, nonpartisan data and research on the interrelated issues that make up the elements of social policy, such as education, poverty, and housing.
While most university research centers traditionally focus on a research agenda and producing peer-reviewed publications, CRISP’s mission is to inform and educate the public about the many factors that contribute to the social policy conversation.
“A lot of the issues that create disparities are about more than just that one discipline,” Merritt says. “It’s about the confluence of many other issues. Working to reduce disparities is a very complex task because you really have to tackle problems across a multitude of areas. CRISP is where all that research comes together.”