The Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center (INRC) is offering three free one-hour workshops to help guide you in the best ways to use the new digital tool IndyVitals, which measures the health and sustainability of neighborhood areas in Marion County.
Designed by The Polis Center and powered by the SAVI community information system, IndyVitals was commissioned by the Plan 2020 Initiative to help community and civic leaders, non-profit and philanthropic partners, and others working to improve neighborhoods easily identify the diverse strengths and challenges across Indy. The goal is to focus resources and investments in ways that are most relevant to the true needs of Indy’s communities.
Workshops are scheduled for: August 22 from 12-1 PM, august 24, 6-7 PM, and September 14, 6-7 PM at INRC, 708 E Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN 46202. Register here or call 317.920.0330.
Brad Beaubien, Long Range Planning Administrator, City of Indianapolis, will explain the philosophy behind IndyVitals, how neighborhoods were grouped into neighborhood areas, and provide an in-depth demonstration of how to use IndyVitals to learn more about your community.
Tune in to No Limits and John Krull, Director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism, on Tuesday, July 8, on 90.1. WFYI Public Radio and online to hear Sharon Kandris, Director of Community Informatics and SAVI, talk about the new online neighborhood tool IndyVitals! Other guests include Brad Beaubien, Long Range Planning Administrator, Dept. of Metropolitan Development, City of Indianapolis, and Steven Meyer, Executive Director, King Park Development Corporation.
IndyVitals, which is powered by SAVI, has been getting some legs with the media recently! Other mentions include:
- IndyVitals was featured on the front page of the Indy Star Friday, July 1, and online here. This is the third time a Polis project has been featured on p. 1 (Encyclopedia of Indianapolis and Spirit & Place were the others.)
- Kandris was featured in FOX59 interviews discussing the IndyVitals on June 29;
- Channel 6 taped the June 30 SAVI Talks! event which included an interview with Kandris;
- Ric Burrous with IU Communications is interviewing Kandris about the IndyVitals tool for the July Insights to Innovation newsletter, Innovate Indiana’s monthly e-newsletter for economic development and technology commercialization information.
- Sam Stall with the IUPUI alumni magazine has published the article, By the Numbers. The piece focuses on two areas at IUPUI that deal with Big Data: the Polis Center’s SAVI program and how it helps individuals and organizations identify patterns, assets, gaps, and trends in a variety of ways and the IU Fairbanks School of Public Health.
The first SAVI Talks! event of 2016 was held June 30 at WFYI and covered IndyVitals, the new web-based neighborhood monitoring tool created by the Polis Center for the Plan 2020 bicentennial initiative. Speakers included Brad Beaubien, Long Range Planning Administrator, City of Indianapolis; Brooke Thomas, Deputy Director, the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, Sharon Kandris, Director of Community Informatics, the Polis Center at IUPUI; and Leigh Evens, CEO, Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corporation.
The presentation addressed how and why Plan 2020 members initiated the need for such a planning tool and featured a demonstration of the IndyVitals tool and a simulated exercise for audience members so they could experience how IndyVitals reveals neighborhood assets and issues of concern and learn how it can be used to improve their neighborhoods.’
If you missed the presentation, click here for the taped event. Enjoy!