United States


Joe Hogsett


872,680 (2017)

Lead Innovation Officer

Hope Tribble

Innovation is helping to:
  • Improve internal government operations

  • Improve service delivery

  • Simplify administrative procedures for firms and residents

Critical success factors:
  • Focus on measurement

  • Dedicated innovation team

  • Leadership from Mayor

  • Culture of innovation in city

Spotlight on innovation in Indianapolis

Indianapolis has an initiative to re-image municipal real estate throughout the county and expand the City’s digital city hall, making local government easier to access in person and digitally.

Note: The City Innovation Snapshot (PDF version) was produced in 2019 and some aggregate findings have been updated with the latest survey results below.

Vision and approach to innovation capacity

Along with 50% of cities surveyed, Indianapolis does not have an explicit innovation strategy. Similar to 24% of cities surveyed, Indianapolis approaches innovation capacity in specific policy areas/domains.

Policy areas that Indianapolis is focused on

Policing and law enforcement
Policy areas by number of cities

Innovation skills or roles

Indianapolis does not have a dedicated team for innovation.

Innovation roles by number of cities

Terms Indianapolis most associates with innovation

Technological innovation

Indianapolis' most common innovation activities

Rethinking approaches to financing and partnerships
e.g. new public-private-partnerships; collaboration with neighboring jurisdictions
  1. 1

    Taking risks or testing new ideas

  2. 2

    Data-driven analytics/public data management

  3. 3

    Engaging residents in new ways

  4. 4

    Developing new solutions based on digital technologies

  5. 5

    Organizational change within the municipality

  6. 6

    Human-centered design

  7. 7

    Rethinking your city’s approach to financing partnerships

How is innovation funded here?

Like 19% of cities surveyed, Indianapolis does not have dedicated funding to support innovation capacity.

Top sources of funding

Indianapolis has no reported sources of funding.

Activities being funded

Indianapolis does not fund any specific activities.

47 cities
Launching or sustaining a project
79 cities
Idea generation & brainstorming
51 cities
Investing in digital systems
36 cities
Investing in physical infrastructure
30 cities
Paying for services

How is innovation measured?

Indianapolis has developed partnerships to promote its innovation capacity with other public agencies, private firms, not-for-profit organizations, and city residents/resident associations.

To improve data use, the city has also developed data partnerships with academia, think tanks, and private philanthropy to collect and analyze data.

Data availability by policy area


Sufficient data


Economic Development

Housing and built environment

Waste and sewage

Labour market and skills

Social inclusion and equity


Insufficient data

Policing and law enforcement



Environment and climate change



Digital governance

No Response

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