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Bold Ideas for Philanthropists to Drive Social Change

Posted on Feb 6, 2018

After all the hard work of conceiving a meaningful global project, researching and confirming partnerships, drafting a proposal, and waiting months for a decision from funding organizations, it can be disheartening to learn you did not receive the grant for a program you felt would make a big difference in the world. But, The Polis Center experienced a very unique “afterglow” during the recent submission process with the MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change competition. “The 100%Change initiative funds a single proposal with a $100...

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London Company Shares How Helps Community Planning Efforts

Posted on Jan 26, 2018

The London-based company, Apolitical, has turned the spotlight on The Polis Center tool, IndyVitals, in a case study published January 2018 on its website. The article explores how IndyVitals provides Indianapolis city planners with data that informs and prompts new ways of thinking that ultimately allows for solutions to complex problems, making Indianapolis a greater place to live and work. “The IndyVitals framework can be implemented relatively easily in other cities,” said author Anoush Durabi, “but requires political...

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Polis Center, City of Indianapolis, GIPC to Receive National Award for IndyVitals

Posted on Oct 23, 2017

The Polis Center at IUPUI, in partnership with the City of Indianapolis, and the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, are pleased to announce IndyVitals, a geospatial tool that measures the health and sustainability of neighborhood areas in Marion County, has been awarded a prestigious national award for improving the delivery and quality of government services. IndyVitals, a legacy of Plan 2020 built by The Polis Center at IUPUI and powered by the SAVI community information system, is a 2017 recipient of the Exemplary Systems in...

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IndyVitals Named URISA 2017 Enterprise System Category Winner!

Posted on Sep 27, 2017

The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) has announced recipients of its 2017 Exemplary Systems in Government (ESIG) Awards. The award competition recognizes extraordinary achievements in the use of geospatial information technology that have improved the delivery and quality of government services. IndyVitals won in the Enterprise System category, which acknowledges outstanding and working examples of using information system technology in a multi-department environment as part of an integrated process to improve...

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Posted on Sep 18, 2017

We were curious to know more about ridership characteristics in Indianapolis, particularly on the heels of the successful vote by the Indiana General Assembly in 2016 to enact a tax dedicated to transit in order to improve the city’s services. We combined information from the recent IndyGo survey with a variety of neighborhood socio-economic factors from the SAVI community information system to better understand how and why certain groups of riders used the service. Our new report provides general audiences with an informed...

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WHO RIDES THE BUS: Examining Transit Ridership in Marion County

Posted on Sep 15, 2017

Our September 14 SAVI Talks! program, WHO RIDES THE BUS: Examining Transit Ridership in Marion County, addressed a timely and interesting topic regarding public transit in Indianapolis. The event showcased findings from The Polis Center’s newest report, WHO RIDES THE BUS: Examining Transit Ridership in Marion County. Kudos to report co-authors Kelly Davila, MS, Senior Research Analyst; Matt Nowlin,  MURP, Research Analyst; Unai Miguel Andres, MS, SAVI GIS technician; and Debra Hollon, MS, GIS Analyst, who compiled a rich and...

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SAVI Talks! Public Transit in Marion County

Posted on Aug 28, 2017

Join us Thursday, September 14! Our fall SAVI Talks event will cover public transit in Marion County and feature data findings from our most recent community trends report authored by Polis Center professionals Kelly Davila, Senior Research Analyst, and Matt Nowlin, Research Analyst. We’ll explore data findings from a public transit ridership survey and examine what they reveal about: various types of transit riders and how they use transit. how place plays into the equation. Our distinguished panel will discuss the findings and...

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Unequal Access: Tobacco Retail in the Indianapolis Metro Area

Posted on Aug 2, 2017

The SAVI Community Information System seeks to provide vital context for the social and economic realities in Central Indiana communities. This is why members of our SAVI team also work with our data sets and analytics tools to create unique, comprehensive reports that reveal trends and help us all better identify community needs and improve access to crucial services. Check out our newest report: Unequal Access: Tobacco Retail in the Indianapolis Metro Area. Retail access to various smoking products is an important consideration when...

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Summer 2017 SAVI Online Magazine

Posted on Aug 2, 2017

The Summer 2017 issue of SAVI Online Magazine covers the influence of location on health. We will share with you highlights from four projects that incorporate statistics from the SAVI community information system. In each instance, data guide program and policy decisions that will have a significant impact on the health of a community’s residents and population health in general. Parkview Health System collaborated with The Polis Center and IU’s Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, acting jointly as the Indiana Partnership for...

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Who’s Who: Kevin Mickey

Posted on Jul 6, 2017

In the movie Father of the Bride, Steve Martin’s character says, “Who presents this woman? This woman? But she’s not a woman. She’s just a kid. And she’s leaving us. I realized at that moment that I was never going to come home again and see Annie at the top of the stairs. Never going to see her again at our breakfast table in her nightgown and socks. I suddenly realized what was happening. Annie was all grown up and was leaving us.” “I think all fathers feel pretty much that way,” said Kevin Mickey. “Here’s...

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