The National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) has named Sharon Kandris, associate director at The Polis Center (IUPUI), as the 2018 Network Steward of the Year Award. Created in September 2016, the honor recognizes an NNIP Partner member who goes above and beyond expectations to strengthen the connectivity among partners, increase knowledge sharing, and raise the profile of the NNIP Network. In addition to supporting her peers, Sharon serves as an ambassador for the NNIP network, expanding awareness of NNIP to new audiences, such as the Assessment Institute for Higher Education or the URISA GIS conference.

She has directed the design and implementation of several online community information systems, data dashboards, and advanced visualization tools, including the Iong-standing SAVI Community Information System and the award-winning IndyVitals.