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How do I find data for a particular community?
How do I cite SAVI in my publication or presentation?
How do I figure out where there are areas of greatest need?
What resources exist to address the needs in my community or service area?
How do I interpret this map or chart?
How do I find the data I am looking for?
How do I download data?
Can I have someone help me with my project?
How do I sign up for training?
How often are data updated?
Can I access SAVI data through an API or live feed?
SAVI doesn’t have data I need, what do I do next?
Will a SAVI professional give customized training to my organization or class?

How do I find data for a particular community?

The best place to start is with the SAVI Community Profiles. SAVI contains over 2,000 Community Profiles. They 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. If you don’t find a Community Profile for your area of interest then you can build your own Custom Community. Once created, SAVI automatically generates a profile of your community, along with maps, charts and tables to help you understand what’s going on in the community.

Need more help? Check out the Community Profile help file.

How do I cite SAVI in my publication or presentation?

SAVI has a tutorial available specifically about citing SAVI in your publication or presentation. If you don’t find examples for your particular citation style or have questions about citing SAVI, feel free to contact us at savi@iupui.edu or 317-278-3780.

Here’s a link to the Citing SAVI tutorial.

 

How do I figure out where there are areas of greatest need?

Spatial analysis or mapping of data allows you to see geographic concentrations of events, facilities, and populations  in need. Viewed as a series of maps, statistical information can be readily understood in the context of geography.  This allows you to pinpoint, for example, where the populations you serve are living and then explore more information about those communities to gain a better understanding of the socio-economic context in which they live and work.

You can create custom maps using SAVI’s mapping tool, or use Quick Information to pick from a list of SAVI’s most popular indicators for instant maps, charts, and tables. You can search for data using keywords, categories, or a quick-pick list of common items. SAVI has tutorials for the Select Data and Map tools.

 

What resources existing to address the needs in my community?

In addition to data about the needs of communities, SAVI contains an inventory of the existing assets in communities.  Asset mapping allows you to identify where the existing resources (such as human service programs, services, and facilities) are located.  This allows you to connect with potential partners and also conduct gap analysis to see if the resources are meeting the current needs of the community.

You can create a quick map of our most common asset categories from our Quick Info page, or you can create a custom asset map using SAVI’s Select Data and Map tools.

 

How do I interpret this map or chart?

SAVI offers free training. One of our classes is the Level 3 Basic Analysis Techniques course. This course introduces you to basic concepts and considerations when searching for and analyzing data, including data collection methods, understanding data limitations, appropriate uses of data, and making meaning out of data. You will learn how to interpret maps and charts, how to select the appropriate parameters of your data, and how to analyze change over time. Go to our Training page to find out additional information about our training program and how to register for a class.

If you need immediate assistance on interpreting your map or chart, contact us at savi@iupui.edu or 317-278-9212.

 

How do I find data I am looking for?

The easiest place to start is on our Quick Info page.  Quick Info provides easy access to the most frequently requested SAVI data items. View the Quick Info tutorial for more information.

If you don’t find data you are looking for, then use the advanced search feature. You can search for data using keywords, categories, or a quick-pick list of common items. View the Select Data tutorial for more information.

If you still aren’t able to find data you are looking for then refer to our Additional Data Resources page.

You can always contact us for help by emailing savi@iupui.edu or 317-278-9212.

 

How do I download data?

You can download data using our Table tool. This tool allows you to download data in a CSV format. For additional details about our Table tool, please visit the Tables tutorial.

 

Can I have someone help me with my project?

SAVI staff can help you out for free.  For example, if you need help finding some data, using the website, or figuring out how to get started, we can usually get you going down the right path without any charge.  If you need our help in a big way (e.g., making a custom map, performing in-depth analysis, or some other type of project or consulting that will take a lot of our staff’s time), then we need to charge for our time to do the work.  Once we learn more about what you need, we will provide you a written estimate in advance.

Need support? Contact us today.

 

How do I sign up for training?

You sign up for SAVI training on The Polis Center at IUPUI’s website. Here’s a link to the list of courses currently offered:  http://www.polis.iupui.edu/Training/Training.aspx

To learn more about the classes SAVI offers, please visit our Training page.

 

How often is data updated?

The SAVI database is updated quarterly with the goal of updating every data source at least annually. View our Data Descriptions to learn more about the types of data available in SAVI, including a list of data available by year and geography level.

 

Can I access SAVI data through an API or live feed?

No, you currently cannot access SAVI data through an API or live feed. We hope to provide this feature in the future.  Please contact us with your specific need to determine if we can help in the meantime.

 

SAVI doesn’t have data I need, what do I do next?

SAVI maintains a page on the website that lists other data resources. This page is organized by data category and can be accessed here.

We also encourage you to contact a SAVI professional. There are many times The Polis Center may have the data you are looking for even though it isn’t on the SAVI website. Please contact us at savi@iupui.edu or 317-278-9212.

 

 

Yes, our staff is available to demonstrate SAVI to groups, university classes, and conferences. We’ll provide an overview of SAVI’s data, tools, and services, as well as examples of how local data has been used by organizations. We can tailor the content to focus on issues of particular relevance to your group. Contact us at savi@iupui.edu or 317-278-9212 to schedule a demonstration.


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