What We're Doing

Indiana Gateway for Government Units

The Gateway serves as an online data collection system and public access website that increases transparency and accessibility of local government finance information for Hoosiers. Local officials use Gateway to submit budgets and annual reports to the Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) and the State Board of Accounts (SBOA), while a public portal makes this information accessible for research and analysis to those outside of state government.

STATS Indiana

New data and more data are now flowing to STATS Indiana as a result of these time intensive projects:

    1. Indiana State Department of Health now provides more of its data to STATS Indiana for use in “non public health professional” formats
    2. Indiana Secretary of State’s office provides monthly incorporation filings by type
    3. Indiana Health Professionals Bureau provides an electronic format for use of their data
    4. Expansion of health and public health data on STATS Indiana, combining both federal (CDC, SAMSHA and others) and state data to provide a more complete picture of Hoosier quality of life.
    5. STATS Indiana has won national awards and is used by the broadest spectrum of Hoosiers—from government to businesses to economic development to hospitals and schools and churches and others just seeking the statistical facts of their community.

Indiana Workforce Intelligence System

This project, which gained national recognition, created a data warehouse of integrated workforce and education data, thanks to the collaboration of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, and the Indiana Business Research Center. With support from the Lilly Endowment, the Joyce Foundation, and Lumina Foundation, IWIS helped us understand brain drain, workforce vulnerabilities, job creation opportunities, and the education-to-work skills pipeline.

In 2014, the Indiana Network of Knowledge replaced IWIS as the state’s education and workforce longitudinal data system.

Property Tax Data

Researchers and policy makers have complained for years about the dearth of timely and accurate property data, data which have been needed to help understand the implications of our past and current property tax systems and their role in the larger matrix of taxation.  This project has been unique because the IBRC and the Department of Local Government Finance and the Legislative Services Agency undertook to fix the problem from the starting point of data collection.  We have now created web-enabled tools that allow for the upload and verification of county assessment and auditor files, ensuring that those files meet the legal format standards set by the General Assembly.  Concomitant with those tools was the development of an online Sales Disclosure system that provides an online utility for entering property sales of all types – a so-called “public” version for the seller and another editable version for the assessors.  The end result is an accessible database with near real-time information on property sales.