Many data categories are available for the years 1988 – present, allowing users to understand changes in conditions across time.
What Resources are Available on the Website?
The following tools are available to help visualize and analyze data:
- Quick Info
- Community Profiles
- Select Data
- My Projects
- My Communities
- My Data
Over 1,900 Community Profiles
are available for counties, townships, school corporations, neighborhoods, census tracts, and census block groups. They provide an overview of the community’s demographics, economy, housing, education, health, and history (when available). The data in the profiles are dynamically generated and automatically updated each time the SAVI database is updated with new data. The profiles link to reports and community resources, as well as a community forum where users can share information about that community. Users can build their own Custom Community
. Once created, SAVI automatically generates a profile of their community, along with a map, and filters tables to include only data specific to that community. This is useful for grant applications, community assessments, strategic planning, and many other applications for which information about a custom geographic area is needed.
Data and Mapping
provides interactive maps and tables. Step-by-step tools walk users through the process of creating a quick map or table. Users can search for data using keywords, categories, or a quick-pick list of common items. Viewed as a series of maps, statistical information can be readily understood in the context of geography, and compared with other information from the same geography. Social indicators such as health, crime, and income can be correlated with community assets. For example, the distribution of unemployed persons can be paired with the location of job training programs. Spatial analysis of data allows the user to see concentrations of events, facilities, and populations that may not be readily apparent from tabular statistics.
Charts and Graphs
gives users new flexibility in analyzing SAVI data, including trend analysis and community comparisons beyond what can be done using maps alone. This tool allows users to compare geographic areas, view changes over time, and view population distributions in a pie chart, bar chart, or line graph. A wizard guides users through a series of questions to build a chart.
Map Your Own Data
allows users to upload a list of addresses or GPS points and map them with other SAVI data in their own private workspaces. Mapping its own membership, program participants, and community assets against SAVI data will help an organization learn more about how to serve its constituencies and its community more effectively.
Who Are the SAVI User Community?
The known user community is made up of executives, program directors, evaluators, neighborhood and civic leaders, planners, and researchers in the areas of:
- Human Services
- Faith-Based Organizations
- Government and Planning
- Education (K-12 and Colleges/Universities)
- Neighborhoods/Community-Based Organizations
- Economic and Community Development
What Are the Common Uses of SAVI?
SAVI’s flexibility supports a wide range of uses. Among the most common uses are:
- Target audience identification
- New program development
- New program location
- Identification of areas of need
- Trend identification
- Community assessment
- Grant application development
- Strategic planning
- Membership/client mapping
Who Sponsors SAVI?
SAVI is supported financially by the following organizations: Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, Inc.; Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation; Lilly Endowment, Inc.; United Way of Central Indiana; City of Indianapolis, Department of Metropolitan Development; Marion County Health and Hospital Corporation; and Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). SAVI is managed and maintained by The Polis Center, a center in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, for the United Way of Central Indiana, as community trustee.