Level 1: SAVI Overview
How to Use the SAVI Website
This is a fast-paced overview of SAVI’s contents and tools. It will describe the data available in SAVI and how to use the search tools in SAVI to find the data you need. It will provide an overview of the Quick Info, Community Profiles, Select Data, Map, Chart, Table, My Communities, My Data, My Projects, and Download Data (coming soon!) SAVI tools. This module also explores potential uses of SAVI, including examples of how SAVI is being used by organizations in Central Indiana. This course is required for all courses in Level 2 and above.
Level 2: Tool-based Webinars (Prerequisite: Level 1)
Community Profiles and My Communities
In this webinar, you will learn how to use the Community Profile tool. You will also learn how to obtain data and information for a community that you define. You will learn how to build your custom community boundary interactively using several methods: clicking on an interactive map with or without the assistance of a street highlighter tool, using a pick list of geographies such as census tracts or school corporations, or specifying a radius around an address or asset. Once you have created your community, you can view an auto-generated community profile that describes the demographics, economy, education, and health of your community. The community profile also includes maps of the sites, programs, and agencies within the community. This is useful for grant applications, community assessments, strategic planning, and many other applications for which you need information about a custom geographic area.
Charts and My Projects
This webinar features an in-depth exploration of the powerful Charts and My Projects tools in SAVI. The interactive chart tool allows you to compare geographic areas, view changes over time, and view population distributions in a pie chart, bar chart, or line graph. It allows you to build basic pie charts, such as the proportion of each race of a selected county’s population, and more advanced pie charts that combine data for two communities into a single chart or compare the race or ethnic diversity of two communities. Bar charts range from basic (e.g., Teen Birth Rate from 1990 – 2010 for a single neighborhood) to advanced (e.g., comparing the graduation rate of 5 selected school corporations across 5 years). No need to worry about how to manipulate the data. This tool has an easy-to-use wizard that guides you through the steps of selecting the type of chart you need and the indicators, areas, and years you want to chart. You can save and print charts in color or black and white for incorporation into reports and grants. This tool is very useful for analyze trends and doing comparisons.
The My Projects tool allows you to manage your projects and create new ones. A project is a collection of data items, maps, charts, and tables that you save. Once saved, your project is maintained on the SAVI server and can be retrieved any time that you return and login.
This webinar provides detailed instruction on how to use your own data in SAVI. SAVI allows you to map a list of addresses and view them along with other SAVI data on the map. You now have the option to make your data viewable to the public or keep your data private. Using the socio-economic variables in SAVI, you also can map a variety of indicators to discover the demographics and economic conditions of their neighborhoods or the types of assets available in those communities. This webinar will take you through the process of uploading your address file (or manually typing addresses into the website), mapping it, and using it along with other SAVI data. You also will learn how to add images, descriptions, and other text to each of the points on the map. This feature is useful for membership/client mapping, community inventories, asset mapping, promoting your non-profit resources, building collaborations, and much more.