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Posted by Allegra East on Nov 3, 2016

IndyVitals Blog Series — Poverty in Indianapolis: Where and for whom is it most prevalent?

By Tim Bailey, Data Analysis & Visualization Intern

Poverty does not affect all populations equally. Unfortunately, women, people of color, and people with less education are statistically more likely to fall below the poverty line. However, summarized statistics cannot always tell the whole story. Often times, when studying economic indicators, it often helps to look at data spatially. Overall, the aforementioned groups may be more likely to live in poverty, but we live in a complex world with many spatial factors influencing local economies.

When looking at multiple data displayed on a single map, it is possible to illuminate many storylines playing out in local communities.. This gives a much better picture of what life and the economy look like for local Indianapolis Neighborhood areas. This dashboard attempts to do just that. The map below shows Indianapolis neighborhood areas shaded by their local poverty rate. Darker red represents higher rates of impoverishment and lighter red representing less. The poverty rates for different populations in these areas are visualized below the map.

Hopefully this dashboard has led you down a path of discovery. If you want more inspiration for a learning journey, head over to indyvitals.org to check out many different neighborhood indicators and their interactions for the diverse populations of Indianapolis.

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Posted by Allegra East on Nov 3, 2016

Kandris Leading Course at United Way of Central Indiana’s Fall Community Impact University

Sharon Kandris, Director of Community Informatics

Sharon Kandris, Director of Community Informatics

Sharon Kandris, Director of Community Informatics, will be leading a required course of United Way of Central Indiana’s Fall Community Impact University program for United Way of Central Indiana area directors on November 4. The special class, “SAVI Community Assessment Tool Training Workshop,” will provide an overview of SAVI and discuss community assessments and online resources to help attendees and their agencies understand more about their service areas, identify needs, and find existing resources and collaborators in their communities. The program will also explore the latest SAVI tool to be launched in December, the United Way Community Assessment & Planning tool.  At last count, registration was at about 50 attendees, which besides directors includes other United Way team members who will be able to make use of the tools.

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Posted by Allegra East on Nov 3, 2016

Kandris Presenting at National Legal Aid and Deference Association Conference

Sharon Kandris, Director of Community Informatics

Sharon Kandris, Director of Community Informatics

Sharon Kandris, Director of Community Informatics, is presenting at the National Legal Aid and Deference Association conference in Indianapolis on November 11. The association and conference are targeted to civil legal aid, indigent defense, and public interest law communities responding to the legal needs of people with low income. The workshop, “Legal Service Data in Context: Leveraging Public Data for Community Needs Assessments and Planning,” features demonstrations of the IndyVitals and SAVI Community Assessment tools and is an opportunity for attendees to discover how to address the information needs of legal service program directors. Other panelists include staff from US Office of Data Governance and Analysis, Indiana Legal Services, Pine Tree Legal Assistance, and Legal Services Corporation.

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