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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is SAVI?
What is the Purpose of SAVI?
What is the Geographic Scope of SAVI?
What Data are Available in SAVI?
What Resources are Available on the Website?
Who Are the SAVI User Community?
What Are the Common Uses of SAVI?
Who Sponsors SAVI?

What is SAVI?

The SAVI Community Information System ( is a one-stop source for data and information for Central Indiana communities and organizations. It provides local data about the social, economic, and physical conditions of neighborhoods, townships, and counties, and other geographic areas such as school districts. SAVI summarizes these data into community profiles and allows users to view and analyze detailed data in interactive maps, charts, and tables.

What is the Purpose of SAVI?

SAVI seeks to build the capacity of organizations and citizens to use information to make a positive impact on Central Indiana through improved decision making and more effective programs and services.

SAVI’s goals are to:
  • Provide a comprehensive, reliable, and responsive source of local information about Central Indiana communities.
  • Build community capacity by helping citizens, organizations, and researchers to use information more effectively.
  • Help organizations respond to social issues through more effective policies, programs, research, and actions.

It does this by empowering citizens and organizations with local up-to-date data, providing tools to visualize and analyze the information, training them on its use, and helping them use it for more effective decision-making, policies, programs, and actions.

What is the Geographic Scope of SAVI?

SAVI includes data on eleven counties in Central Indiana, including:
  • Boone
  • Brown
  • Hamiton
  • Hancock
  • Hendricks
  • Johnson
  • Madison
  • Marion
  • Morgan
  • Putnam
  • Shelby

What Data are Available in SAVI?

SAVI provides over 10,000 indicators in the following major categories:
  • Arts, Culture, and Recreation
  • Demographics
  • Economy
  • Education
  • Environment and Public Safety
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Political and Administrative Boundaries
  • Public Assistance
  • Sites, Programs, and Agencies (Community Assets)
  • Transportation and Mobility

Data are available for multiple geographic units:
  • Block Groups
  • Census Tracts
  • City Limits
  • Community Development Corporations (CDC)
  • Counties
  • GINI Neighborhoods
  • Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA)
  • Police Jurisdictions
  • Primary Care Service Areas (PCSA)
  • School Corporations
  • Townships
  • Zip Code Tabulation Areas
  • Zip Codes

Many data categories are available for the years 1988 – present, allowing users to understand changes in conditions across time.

For a detailed list of the data available in SAVI by date and geography level click here.

What Resources are Available on the Website?

The following tools are available to help visualize and analyze data:
  • Quick Info
  • Community Profiles
  • Select Data
  • Maps
  • Charts
  • Tables
  • My Projects
  • My Communities
  • My Data
  • Download

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:
  • Health
  • Human Services
  • Faith-Based Organizations
  • Government and Planning
  • Libraries
  • 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.