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Posted by saviadmin on Feb 23, 2015

Population Growth in Central Indiana

By Jay Colbert, GIS Project Manager, The Polis Center

Recently, a SAVI user with the North American Mission Board (NAMB) contacted us to help compile and visualize data on population change in Central Indiana between 2000 – 2013.  NAMB works with churches, associations, and state conventions to plant new churches in fast-growing neighborhoods.  To help them identify these neighborhoods, I created some maps showing population change since 2000 by a few different geographies.  Some of the results were predictable, while others were a little more surprising.

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Posted by saviadmin on Feb 6, 2015

An Update on Domestic Violence in the Criminal Justice System: Marion County, IN

Report published in November 2014

Overview

Up until the April 2014 report on Domestic Violence in the Criminal Justice System, it had been very difficult to generate statistics describing the state of domestic violence in Marion County. The Polis Center at IUPUI conducted a feasibility study for the Domestic Violence Network to link data from four sources that collect information on victims and perpetrators of domestic violence in the legal system, including The Julian Center, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD), Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, Indiana Supreme Court. The purpose of the project was to demonstrate the feasibility of integrating the domestic violence data, given the quality and incompleteness of some of the required data sets, and to determine what analysis and reporting are possible given these limitations. Data had to be cleaned and standardized to ensure comparability across the data sets, and an algorithm was developed to identify unique individuals across all four data sets.

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