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Posted by saviadmin on Sep 3, 2014

How to Create a Chart using SAVI

By Michelle Jones, GIS Analyst, The Polis Center 

Data visualization is a way to see large amounts of data in one pictorial or illustrative graphic. It helps you to quickly draw attention to key findings/takeaways and observe patterns that are not apparent when looking at data in a table format. There are so many kinds of ways to visualize data including graphs, timeline maps, tree maps, infographics etc. however, charts are still one of the most popular methods of data visualization.

Did you know SAVI allows you to not only browse data but also visualize it via charts, graphs and maps? SAVI’s charting tool gives you the flexibility to analyze data, including trend analysis and community comparisons beyond what can be done using maps alone. It also allows you to compare geographic areas, view changes over time, and view population distributions in a pie chart, bar chart, or line graph. A wizard guides you through a series of questions to build a chart.

Here’s how to create a chart in SAVI in 6 easy steps:

  1. Go to www.savi.org
  2. Click on the USE SAVI tab
  3. Click on the Charts tab
  4. Use the charting wizard to set up your chart
  5. Click the Create Chart button

Here are a couple examples of charts you can make using SAVI.savi 2savi 1

Do you want to learn more about charting using SAVI? Register TODAY for tomorrow’s (Thursday, September 4) FREE Charts and My Projects webinar. 

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Posted by saviadmin on Jun 17, 2014

Don’t reinvent the wheel when telling your stories

Originally posted on Indiana Nonprofit Summit blog

by Andrew Hayenga:

Too often, when I’m working with one of our nonprofit partners, I find that their best stories are not being leveraged to their potential, if they haven’t been overlooked all together.

You don’t need someone to tell you when you have a great story, one that conveys your mission to a T or celebrates everything that is right with your work and its supporters. You feel it. You just know. Sometimes these stories seem to come in passing across a boardroom table or during office small talk, but they need to be catalogued.

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Posted by saviadmin on Dec 19, 2013

Social Media Data Can Guide a Nonprofit’s Content Strategy

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

This year, social media astonished us yet again with its sheer power and unbelievable reach. While there are many nonprofits that achieved tremendous success on social media this year, there are several others who are still struggling to get it right. We all know that it is a huge challenge for nonprofits with shrinking budgets and employees with multiple roles and responsibilities, to create an engaged community of online supporters, advocates, donors, and funders. Thus, it is more important than ever to make data-informed decisions so that we are effective at what we do, and social media is no exception.

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