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IndyVitals Tool Nominated as Innovation of the Year for TechPoint 2017 Mira Awards

INDIANAPOLIS, February 20, 2017—IndyVitals, a digital neighborhood monitoring tool developed by The Polis Center at IUPUI in partnership with the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee (GIPC) and the City of Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development, has been nominated as Innovation of the Year for the 18th annual TechPoint Mira Awards presented by Angie’s List, Genesys, and Salesforce. The Innovation of the Year Award category recognizes scientific achievements, the results of R&D efforts, and other trailblazing, market-disrupting new technologies.


Indy’s Surprising Housing Problem

Oct. 7: Indianapolis Star (online)


Indy’s Surprising Housing Problem

Oct. 7: Indianapolis Star (print: front page)


Oct. 6: WIBC (radio interview and online story), affordable housing report


Data Tool for Marion County

July 28: IndyVitals feature in Charitable Advisors Not-for-profit News


Putting Community Data into Action

July: SAVI and IndyVitals feature in Inside IUPUI


By the Numbers: Data Fights Crime in Indy

July: SAVI and the IndyVitals tool feature in the IUPUI Alumni Magazine


No Limits with John Krull

July 12: Sharon Kandris discussed SAVI and the IndyVitals tool on WFYI


Indianapolis by the Numbers

July 1: Indianapolis Star (print), IndyVitals feature on front page of the Indianapolis Star


June 30: RTV6 , IndyVitals feature


Meet Indy’s New Tool Tracking Neighborhood

June 30: Indianapolis Star (online)


New website offers in-depth look at Indy neighborhoods

June 30, 2016: FOX59, IndyVitals feature


The Polis Center Names Kelly Davila Senior Research Analyst

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 14, 2016) – The Polis Center at IUPUI has named Kelly Davila Senior Research Analyst. In this role, Davila will manage ongoing research and evaluation projects involving the SAVI community information system (, analyze data, and explain research findings and their implications. SAVI, one of the nation’s largest system of place-based data, helps nonprofits, government, academia, and health organizations assess trends and conditions, identify community assets, determine service gaps, and better target areas of concern based on the social and economic realities in more than 2,000 Central Indiana communities.


Allegra East Appointed to Polis Center at IUPUI

 INDIANAPOLIS, IN (Feb. 29, 2016) — Allegra East has been named Communications Manager for The Polis Center at IUPUI in the School of Liberal Arts.  In this role, she will be responsible for the planning and implementation of various marketing and communications initiatives to increase the visibility of research projects with which The Polis Center is involved both in the academic and civic environments. Prior to joining the Polis Center, Allegra worked with the Dallas Mavericks, Pacers Sports & Entertainment, Purdue University, Clarian North Medical Center (now IU Health North), and AUL  (now OneAmerica).   She previously worked at IUPUI’s Herron School of Art as Development Director.


IndyStar Editorial: Indy’s answers to escalating crime go beyond policing

October 18, 2015

The spike in shootings and homicides in recent months has Indianapolis residents, elected officials and members of law enforcement understandably on edge. The crime wave has even become a linchpin in an otherwise quiet mayoral campaign.

It seems like we’re being inundated with horrifying violence, such as the fatal shooting of a 10-year-old boy last month, at every turn. Even as the weather cools, crime has not. Leaders in neighborhoods, such as those who reside in Butler-Tarkington, are desperately holding peace marches and emergency meetings, and declaring cease-fires in the hopes of prompting an end to the bloodshed. Continue reading here.

IUPUI study: Overall crime down, violence up

September 17, 2015 – Jack Rinehart, WRTV

IUPUI’s Polis Center has released a new study analyzing crime data in Indianapolis between 2007 and 2014.

The good news: Crime overall has been on the decline for years. The bad news: Cities like Chicago, Louisville, Los Angeles and New York are much safer than Indianapolis.

The study also showed the city’s 25 most crime-challenged neighborhoods have 10 times more crime than the city’s 25 safest neighborhoods. They also have   four times more poverty and three times more unemployment.

New information reveals a clearer picture of how crime has changed in Marion County over the past eight years.

13 WTHR Indianapolis


WFYI Intersections

September 2, 2015 –  WFYI launced a new multimedia series, Intersections that explores the complex issues that intersect some of Indy’s most challenged areas. SAVI helped develop the interactive visualizations for the Intersections series. It is increasingly recognized that socio-economic factors play a large role in neighborhood crime rates and SAVI’s visualizations highlight unemployment rates, poverty rates, and educational attainment for Marion County and the six distressed neighborhoods.


In Indiana, Data Drives an Improved Approach to Healthcare Delivery

July 29, 2015 – Scott Elkin, Data Informed

Hospitals are always looking for ways to improve the quality of care they provide their communities. Information, of course, is a key part of that effort, and Community Health Assessment (CHA) reports, required of nonprofit hospitals by the IRS, can equip care providers with important information about what’s working and areas that require greater focus.

In Indiana, a review of CHA reports revealed the crucial role of data systems can play in improving public health.

GIS Mash-ups Can Help ACOs, HIEs

July 28, 2015 – Greg Goth, Health Data Management

Pioneering public health departments across the country are exploring using non-clinical datasets such as census data to better plan their services, but a group of researchers at Indiana University and the Regenstrief Institute also believe combining such data with clinical data could be valuable for health delivery systems and accountable care organizations, as well as supply a value-add service for health information exchanges.

Indy ZIP code’s life expectancy lower than Iraq’s. Why?

July 16, 2015 – Shari Rudavsky, Indy Star

There’s no doubt that great disparities exist around the world when it comes to life expectancy. But an Indiana University report reveals that there are also significant gaps in life expectancy within Central Indiana, some as large as 14 years.

Life Expectancy In Indianapolis Metro Area Varies Widely

July 15, 2015 – Jake Harper, WFYI

INDIANAPOLIS — Up in Carmel the average life expectancy is nearly 84 years. But 13 miles south, in the middle of Indianapolis, it’s just over 69 years.

A new report from the IUPUI School of Public Health shows that life expectancy in the Indianapolis metro area can vary greatly from one neighborhood to the next. According to researchers, life expectancy in some neighborhoods is six decades behind the United States average — even slightly lower than in Iraq and Bangladesh.

Study finds big gaps in life expectancy depending on your zip code

July 15, 2015 – Gabby Gonzalez, Fox59

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – New statistics released Wednesday morning show significant gaps in life expectancy depending on zip codes in the Indianapolis Metro area. Researchers found a 14-year life expectancy gap currently exists among residents in a 28-mile area.

Where you live in central Indiana affects your life expectancy

July 15, 2015 – WTHR Channel 13

INDIANAPOLIS – Your ZIP code could play a big role in determining your life expectancy, according to a new study. The IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI, in partnership with SAVI Community Information System, released research findings that reveal striking differences in life expectancy among central Indiana communities.

Where You Live Shouldn’t Determine Your Quality of Health

June 12, 2015 – HealthComU Blog

I’ve been a health care writer and editor for more than a decade, and I’ve been afforded the opportunity to write about a wide array of topics, some I’ve enjoyed more than others. One topic that has always captured my attention and my heart is health care disparities. I was introduced to the topic while working on news feeds for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and since then, I’ve taken a keen interest in learning and sharing information about this important subject.

Indiana Creates Nation’s Largest Geospatial Tool to Improve Community Health

June 5, 2015 – Jessica Hughes, Government Technology

The free tool — known as SAVI — helps Indiana hospitals link health indicator data to historical data on social economic conditions that can impact a person’s health.

Is it time to start over in some crime-ridden Indy neighborhoods?

February 15, 2015 – Jill Disis, Indy Star

Serial killer fears, abandoned homes, vacant lots. Hillside residents seek redevelopment. City wonders if decline has gone too far.

Targeted Domestic Violence Initiative Working to Reduce Criminal Activity, According to New Report Released by Domestic Violence Network 

February 6, 2015 – INDIANAPOLIS – The Baker One Project, a protocol implemented by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department to identify potential high-risk offenders for domestic violence and prevent escalating crime, is driving positive outcomes in targeted cases, according to a new report released by the Domestic Violence Network.

Indy needs disaster response to ‘hurricane of violence’

On July 18, 2014 The Indianapolis Star referenced SAVI’s Poverty Report in this story on violence in Indianapolis.

Study: Poverty on the rise across Indianapolis

On Nov. 27, 2013, The Indy Channel referenced SAVI’s Poverty Report in its story on poverty in Indianapolis.

Hoosier nonprofits brainstorm on poverty at Governor’s Conference

October 2, 2013 – Fox 59 posted a story on the Indiana Governor’s Conference.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Nonprofit groups throughout Indiana still have time to sign up for a conference designed to create big, actionable ideas to help deal with poverty and other human needs in the Hoosier State.