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Posted by Allegra East on Oct 23, 2017

Polis Center, City of Indianapolis, GIPC to Receive National Award for IndyVitals

The Polis Center at IUPUI, in partnership with the City of Indianapolis, and the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, are pleased to announce IndyVitals, a geospatial tool that measures the health and sustainability of neighborhood areas in Marion County, has been awarded a prestigious national award for improving the delivery and quality of government services.

IndyVitals, a legacy of Plan 2020 built by The Polis Center at IUPUI and powered by the SAVI community information system, is a 2017 recipient of the Exemplary Systems in Government Awards from URISA, a multi-disciplinary geospatial organization that fosters excellence in geographic information systems (GIS).

The user-friendly digital tool was recognized by URISA for solving a problem facing local organizations from multiple sectors: telling a common story and making meaningful comparisons about particular neighborhoods. It is unique for its ability to coordinate actions of community development partners through data and measure the long-term impact of the work of Plan 2020 partners at the neighborhood level.

“As city planning becomes more decentralized and democratized, IndyVitals allows us to carry on the spirit of coordination and cooperation coming out of the Plan 2020 process by empowering residents with a simple interface to engage complicated datasets within common geographies. This allows all partners working to build a better city to see the same story for the same place and prioritize their work accordingly,” said Brad Beaubien, Administrator of Long Range Planning,  Department of Metropolitan Development.

IndyVitals is an excellent resource for organizations involved in quality of life, social services and economic development. The tool is specifically used by city government to target investments to areas based on need. Community development corporations use the tool to justify the need for investments in their communities, social service providers use the tool to better understand the need for cross-sector collaboration to improve outcomes, and the tool empowers community organizers with data to prioritize community-improvement efforts that build upon existing community assets.

The award summary noted that IndyVitals, is “a thoughtful, deliberate and intentional data mash-up product” that “combined with high ease of use and an attractive visual appeal … makes it an excellent urban planning and neighborhood assessment tool.”

“It is an honor that URISA has recognized IndyVitals, as winner in the 2017 enterprise system category,” said David Bodenhamer, executive director of The Polis Center at IUPUI. “The collaboration with the City of Indianapolis and the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee to develop a tool to support the City’s 2020 bicentennial aligns diverse planning partners toward a common goal, coordinating their actions through data. This innovative neighborhood monitoring tool is proving to be a useful solution for organizations from multiple sectors in making Indianapolis a great place to live and work.”

The award competition was open to all public agencies at the federal, state/provincial, regional and local levels. IndyVitals was officially recognized during the URISA awards ceremony October 25 in Jacksonville, Florida. You may view the IndyVitals awards video and all the winners here.

This is the second component of Plan 2020 to receive a national award. Discover more about your piece of Marion County at indyvitals.org.

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Posted by saviadmin on Jan 11, 2016

Available opportunity at SAVI: Senior Research Analyst

The Polis Center at IUPUI (Polis) is a unit of the IUPUI School of Liberal Arts dedicated to using collaboration, interdisciplinary research, and knowledge of spatial technologies to provide reliable information, thoughtful perspective, and creative solutions for the improvement of communities in Indiana and beyond.

Polis seeks an experienced candidate to fill the position of Senior Research Analyst.   The Senior Research Analyst will help to design a broad range of applied community-based research projects.   This position also will interact with community groups to provide information and to build community capacity to make positive change.  Internally, this position will have a lead role in planning and executing higher-level analyses and will mentor other analyst staff.

Responsibilities:

This position is responsible for assisting in the design and implementation of applied research projects and must be experienced at collecting, evaluating, managing, and analyzing spatial and non-spatial data in both quantitative and qualitative formats; preparing statistical analyses; creating data visualizations; and developing reports containing descriptive, analytical, and evaluative content for both public and academic audiences.  This position is accountable for managing internal resources and working with external data providers and vendors as required to meet research and project objectives within a fast-paced, multi-project environment.

This position will work with other staff analysts to insure they have the specific skills necessary to complete a project and will mentor graduate interns.

 Qualifications:

  • Minimum of master’s degree in a social science (e.g., geography, sociology, demography, etc.), spatial science, urban planning, or other fields related to the center’s work. PhD preferred.
  • Strong quantitative data analysis skills required; qualitative analysis skill highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience in applied community research or evaluation projects.
  • Experience in program- and community-level outcome measurement, program evaluation, intervention effectiveness studies, community needs and assets assessments, and/or management, analysis, and visualization of large administrative and survey datasets.
  • Knowledge of appropriate statistical and data visualization software. Knowledge of SQL is a plus, as is knowledge of GIS.
  • Effective oral and written communication of research findings.
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively as part of a project team.

 This position is available immediately and will remain open until it is filled.  Candidates should send letter of application, a complete curriculum vitae, samples of work that demonstrate required skills, and names and contact information of three references who have good knowledge of the candidate’s abilities and experiences to Melissa Gona at magona@iupui.edu.  For information on The Polis Center, see http://polis.iupui.edu.

IUPUI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution M/F/D committed to a campus climate that encourages diversity as a means of achieving excellence. Applications from members of under-represented groups including women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are welcome.

http://www.iupui.edu/~oeo/academicjobs/IN-LART15003htm.HTM

 

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Posted by saviadmin on Jun 5, 2014

The Changing Demographics of the foreign-born Population in America and Indiana

By Jay Colbert

We recently came across these interesting maps created by the Pew Research Center showing the changing demographics of the foreign-born population in America. Several media outlets featured these fascinating maps where Pew compared the biggest sources of immigrants into each state in the U.S. from 1910 and 2010 census.

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