SAVI Talks

SAVI Talks are data-informed conversations about the most pressing issues in our community.

Twice each year, SAVI Talks bring practitioners, researchers, and thought leaders together in a series of collaborative working sessions to discuss trends, share best practices, and brainstorm solutions related to the state’s most pressing areas of need.

PREVIOUS SAVI TALKS

The Changing Landscape of Poverty

June 2019

The poverty rate in Central Indiana has risen from 9% in 1970 to 14% in 2017, but the rates vary widely by neighborhood. How is poverty changing at the local level? Who is most affected by these changes?

Historically, poverty has been highest in core urban neighborhoods where, in 1970, one in six residents lived in poverty. Now that number is one in three. Poverty has grown the fastest in middle-ring suburbs where the rate has quadrupled from 5% in 1970 to 20% in 2017. Meanwhile, some neighborhoods, such as those built since 2000, have had consistently low rates of poverty and have experienced very little change in those rates..

Where Schools are Changing

November 2018

Regionally, schools are becoming more racially diverse, have a growing share of low-income students, and have increasing graduation rates. Low-income student population is falling in central Indianapolis and growing in Marion County’s townships, pointing to a growing number of low-income families living in first-ring suburbs. Schools experiencing similar change tend to be grouped geographically, with rapidly changing schools in more urban areas, and those holding steady in racial and income change located in more suburban and rural areas.

Neighborhood Change Across the Indianapolis Region

June 2018

Neighborhoods are changing rapidly as changing demand for housing and quality of life drive a return to the city-center. The June 2018 SAVI Talk and Community Trends Report will focus on that change. How do we measure it? Where is it occuring? And most importantly, who is it affecting.

Who Rides the Bus: Marion County Transit Ridership

September 2017

This research combines information from the recent IndyGo survey with a variety of neighborhood socio-economic factors from the SAVI community information system to better understand how and why certain groups of riders used the service.  The report provides general audiences with an informed geographic approach to transit to see how place plays into the equation.

Unequal Access: Tobacco
Retailer Density

June 2017

This research explores how health, economic, demographic factors relate to tobacco retail density. We find that tobacco retailers are concentrated in areas with higher poverty, higher proportions of people of color, and lower educational attainment. These areas also have higher maternal smoking rates and estimated adult smkoing rates.

The Affordable Housing Market and Why It Matters

November 2016

Indianapolis is routinely recognized as one of the more affordable regional housing markets in the nation. This relative affordability lies within the eye of the beholder as Indianapolis also fares relatively poorly in income inequality. To many low-and moderate-income households, the housing of their choice may be out of reach. The central theme of the report: affordable housing encompasses a broader range of economic issues than the price of a home.

IndyVitals: Citywide
Impact Dashboard

June 2016

Indianapolis is routinely recognized as one of the more affordable regional housing markets in the nation. This relative affordability lies within the eye of the beholder as Indianapolis also fares relatively poorly in income inequality. To many low-and moderate-income households, the housing of their choice may be out of reach. The central theme of the report: affordable housing encompasses a broader range of economic issues than the price of a home.

Trends in Crime: Does Perception Match Reality?

September 2015

Although we see and hear about the horrible crimes committed every day in both local and national news, crime rates across the United States have decreased dramatically over the past two decades. Overall, crime rates in Marion County are at the lowest level since 2007. However, this improvement is uneven. Violent crime rates have actually risen, and crime is four times higher in high-crime neighborhoods than in low-crime areas.

Worlds Apart: Gaps in
Life Expectancy in the
Indianapolis Metro Area

July 2015

Residents of a Hamilton County suburb have an average life expectancy that is 14 years higher than the life expectancy of residents closer to downtown Indianapolis – 83.7 years compared to just 69.4 years. Research conducted by the Fairbanks School of Public Health found that in the metro Indianapolis community with the lowest life expectancy in the survey area, a baby born today is likely to live only as long as a baby born in the United States more than 60 years ago.