From best practices, to baseline demographics, to asset mapping, to developmental evaluation, to long-term impact monitoring – everything we do is based on sound research. Read our 2016 Annual Report.
2016 Neighborhood Stress Index Map:
Historical research projects:
- Thriving Cities (2013-Present): Led by University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Studies of Culture, POLIS is contributing the Orlando Profile and providing feedback on the developing matrix.
- Seeking the Welfare of the City (2006-2009): The initial POLIS research on the culture of service in Central Florida. This core research project identified 100 distressed neighborhoods and a model to alleviate this distress.
Are you wondering how to make your programs more sustainable? We can help. The Polis Institute helps people, organizations, and groups design collaborative community investment strategies that engage community residents, excite donors, and bring about long-lasting positive change.
To set up a discovery session contact us at email@example.com or 866-757-1334.
Polis’ Dignity Serves is a paradigm-shifting, deeply impactful experience that teaches how to both serve and be served with dignity in every aspect of life. Since 2008, it has helped thousands of people serve others more effectively, using interactive exercises and real-world examples to help participants apply key principles to their personal lives and to the programs that they take part in.
The principles of the course are derived from Scripture and built on the foundation that because every person is created in the image of God, every person possesses dignity. The course is made available through host organizations and is taught by Polis-trained facilitators. Scheduled classes are posted on our website and announced in our newsletter.
Hosting a Dignity Serves Training:
- Six 90-minute lessons taught week-to-week or over the course of a weekend
- Taught only by Polis-trained Facilitators
- Cost is $40 per person which includes all materials
- Host organization provides space, snacks, and one meal
- Minimum class size is 12 people
- Maximum is limited only by available space at host organization
- To schedule a training, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 866-757-1334
Attending a Dignity Serves Training:
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- It has completely re-wired the way I relate and look at people in every aspect of my life: family, job and particularly ministry.
- The very first lesson, describing the idea that Christ is Dignity and Dignity Serves, was completely eye-opening. I’m not a “new” Christian and thought I had a good grasp on why we serve others. This course really did grow my perspective and show me what service is really about: interdependence. I wish this course would be taught to EVERYONE at our church and at churches throughout the nation.
- I better understand Christ’s design for serving others.
- It undergirded my understanding of service with sound theology.
- It has made me much more aware that those living in urban communities need outside groups and individuals to be committed to stay and build trust over time, not just “trying to fix what’s wrong” in these communities and then leave.
Are you tired of investing your time and resources into social projects that don’t seem to really make a difference for entire communities? We can help you discover community transformation strategies that work.
To set up a discovery session contact us at email@example.com or 866-757-1334 today.