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Master Your Organizational Geo-Mapping Skills

By Deeksha Kapoor, PR & Social Media Coordinator, The Polis Center

If you’ve attended our Level I class and our ready for the next one, we’ve got you covered! Join SAVI experts Jay and Michelle on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 11:00 a.m. for our Level II webinar and uncover the power of ‘My Data’ tool.

Did we mention this webinar is FREE?

Still not sure if you want to attend? Here’s some information that can help you make a decision.

My Data tool enables you to upload a list of addresses and map them with other SAVI data. Essentially, it gives your data context. For example, an organization may want to plot the addresses of program participants to learn more about the communities they are coming from and to learn about other community resources in their area.


The above map provides valuable information to a youth service organization on how many of its program participants live in communities with high rates of children living in poverty. Thus, the organization is better equipped with information about its participants and can be more effective at resource allocation and program development.

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Manually enter your own addresses in SAVI
  • Upload an address file to SAVI
  • Enter additional details about your address like phone number, website, number of people etc. and also enhance the points on your map by adding a custom image
  • View your data in a map and table
  • Make your data public or private
  • Edit and delete your addresses
  • Easily map and display your data in conjunction with data from SAVI’s extensive database.

Register here to sign-up for our Level II Webinar scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013.

Not ready for our Level II Webinar? Make sure to check out our SAVI overview presentation.


You Asked, We Listened

By Deeksha Kapoor, PR & Social Media Coordinator, The Polis Center

We’ve been listening closely to your requests for information on SAVI webinars and training schedules. We are flattered by your interest and are excited to present a brief overview on what’s hot ‘n’ happening at SAVI.

Get To Know SAVI: We are excited to announce that the SAVI team will be giving a “Get to Know SAVI” presentation at the IU School of Nursing on Feb. 21 between 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. If you’d like our team to make a presentation to introduce SAVI and its wealth of data to your class,  simply shoot an email to Jay Colbert at

The 24th Annual Joseph Taylor Symposium: Come, say hello to SAVI team at the Joseph Taylor Symposium on Feb. 27th 8:00 AM – 2:15 PM and get answers to all your data questions from SAVI experts.

SAVI Level II Webinar: This FREE webinar is scheduled for Thursday, February 28, 2013 from 11:00 AM (EST) – 12:00 PM (EST). This webinar will introduce you to SAVI’s reservoir of community data and will also provide detailed instruction on how to use your own data in SAVI. Come back next week on our blog to know the top five benefits of attending the SAVI Level II Webinar.  Click here to sign-up.

Wondering how can you stay updated with SAVI news and events? Well, you have several options. You can subscribe to our blog, follow us on Twitter (@SAVIonline), like us on Facebook, email us at and if that’s not enough, give us a call at (317) 278-9212. It’s that easy!

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Indiana’s State of Our Black Youth Report Inspires Action

By Laura Danielson, Communications Manager, The Polis Center at IUPUI

Late last year, Indiana Black Expo released its much anticipated State of Our Black Youth report. It is the third installment of the series (the previous two reports were released in 2005 and 2007 respectively), but this time, Indiana Black Expo has a loftier plan for the SOBY report.

In a press conference on December 4, 2012, IBE’s Vice President of Communications, Vernon Williams, said, “The huge difference between this [report] and the previous two is that this is not simply for informational purposes. This one will be for both informational purposes and to serve as a game plan.”

The 2012 SOBY report includes 236 pages of statistical analysis and narrative on the well-being of African American youth in Indiana. The Polis Center and Engaging Solutions LLC, both contracted to develop the report, collected and analyzed more than 80 indicators from state and federal data providers, including significant resources from the SAVI database.

The data and analysis revealed both promising improvements and continued disparities. Some indicators are trending better for Black youth. For instance, Indiana’s Black teen birth rate decreased 9.1% between 2004 and 2009. Education indicators are improving, too. In the past five years, the number of Black third graders passing the English and Math ISTEP tests increased 21.2% and 14.7% respectively, and Indiana has seen an 18.1% increase in Black graduates receiving Core 40 and Core 40 Academic Honors diplomas.

On the other hand, several indicators are trending worse. There has been an increase, for example, in Black families headed by single mothers. And we’ve also seen an increase in Black youth living in poverty, Black infant deaths, and the obesity rate for Black youth.

Despite the mixed results of the report’s key findings, Indiana Black Expo is optimistic about the information provided in the SOBY report. It plans to use the report’s data as the basis of its 2013 strategic planning effort to advocate for public policies, programs, and initiatives to improve the condition of Indiana’s Black youth.

Read the 2012 State of Our Black Youth Report

Visit to explore and drill down into detailed data about Central Indiana youth.

Celebrating the Black History Month

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SAVI is celebrating Black History Month! Black history month offers us an incredible opportunity to emphasize the rich history and at the same time bring awareness of the notable achievements of the African American community that have contributed to making Indiana a better community.

From statistics to historic milestones to community contributions, we’ll delve into SAVI’s wealth of data to explore our rich and diverse community.

Come, join us as we celebrate black history month!


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