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Posted by Allegra East on Oct 10, 2016

SAVI Talks! The Changing Affordable Housing Market

John Marron, report author and former Sr. Policy Analyst, Public Policy Institute, discussing affordable housing.

John Marron, report author and former Sr. Policy Analyst, Public Policy Institute, discussing affordable housing.

Lower housing costs make housing more affordable. Raising income makes everything more affordable.” – John Marron

On Thursday, October 6, WFYI hosted a SAVI Talks! presentation, “The Changing Affordable Housing Market.” The event featured highlights from a soon-to-be-released report analyzing affordable housing issues in Central Indiana, helping organizations and communities to better understand the market so their efforts might more strategically impact service provision. The report is scheduled for publication in mid-November.

The SAVI Talks! program:

  • Touched upon the difference between subsidized housing and the far broader notion of housing affordability
  • Addressed how broader market forces impact affordability
  • Discussed how the squeeze on affordability impacts families and households beyond housing
  • Suggested place-oriented and people-oriented strategies to increasing affordability

Speakers included John Marron, former Senior Policy Analyst, Public Policy Institute (PPI), and author of the report, “The Affordable Housing Market and Why It Matters,” on which he collaborated with SAVI and The Polis Center at IUPUI (his PowerPoint slides are available here); Christie Gillespie, Vice President, Community Impact, United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI), who addressed the implications of housing choices for our community (her PowerPoint slides are available here); and Gail Strong, Vice President, Community Engagement, WFYI, who facilitated reflection and discussion among event participants.

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Poverty simulation exercise addressing budgeting dilemmas.

Guests also participated in a poverty simulation exercise, which gave an eye-opening experience into the hard decisions those earning  a low to moderate income have to make, especially when unexpected expenses occur such as car trouble, health care issues, and job losses. These challenges affect everything from housing choices, food, transportation, education, and healthcare options, making it nearly impossible for families to improve their lives.

Many thanks to SAVI Talks! program partners the Polis Center at IUPUI, WFYI, United Way of Central Indiana, and The City of Indianapolis, and to presentation sponsors: the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership (INHP), Herman & Kittle Properties, and the IUPUI School of Liberal Arts.

SAVI Talks!, offered biannually, are informational public forums featuring report findings from a trending topic in the following categories:  health, education, basic needs, and income. Previous reports include: Worlds Apart, Gaps in Life Expectancy in the Indianapolis Metro Area and Trends in Crime: Does Perception Match Reality. Download here.

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Posted by saviadmin on Jan 11, 2016

Available opportunity at SAVI: Data and Analytics Research Associate

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 Data and Analytics Research Associate.   The Data and Analytics Research Associate supports data collection, analysis, and dissemination efforts. This involves identifying and evaluating data sources for quality, reliability, and appropriateness and migrating and integrating datasets as needed for analysis.  The successful candidate will also assist in the design of data collection and analysis efforts with a focus on preventing redundancies, improving quality, and developing systems to support longitudinal data collection and analysis.

Experience creating data visualizations and developing reports containing descriptive, analytical, and evaluative content for both public and academic audiences is required.   Candidates must have the ability to manage and prioritize multiple assignments in a fast-paced environment, work independently, manage relationships with Polis staff members, show good judgment, and seek out support or guidance where appropriate.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop protocols, tools, and documentation to support data collection, aggregation and analysis;
  • Continually explore and implement ways to improve Polis data collection efforts to maximize efficiency and minimize the burden on staff members;
  • Access and integrate third party data into consolidated databases, using appropriate methods to maximize data quality and integrity.
  • Develop performance indicator reports and create data indices for use in research and analysis.
  • Prepare standard and customized charts, maps, and graphics for websites, standing reports, and specialized presentations to visually communicate the data significance to a variety of audiences.
  • Work with external users to effectively access, use, and share information from these sources;
  • Support Polis communications efforts through provision of high quality data, materials and graphics in a timely and consistent fashion;
  • Use GIS and mapping platforms for spatial analysis and map creation

Qualifications:

  • Master’s or higher degree required;
  • Strong quantitative data analysis skills required; qualitative analysis skill highly desirable;
  • Experience with database management and working with large datasets from disparate local, state, and federal sources, including census, American Community Survey, and other community-level data sets
  • Knowledge of appropriate statistical analysis and data visualization software. Knowledge of GIS and mapping platforms a plus;
  • Knowledge of SQL. Understanding of basic Extract, Transform and Load concepts is a plus;
  • Strong statistical and communication skills and customer service orientation;
  • Excellent data visualization skills, project management skills, and attention to detail;
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively as part of a project team, and demonstrates initiative.

This position is available immediately and will remain open until it is filled.  Candidates should send a letter of application, a complete CV, samples of work that demonstrate required skills, and the names and contact information of three references who have good knowledge of the candidate’s abilities and experiences to Melissa Gona atmagona@iupui.edu.

The Polis Center is located at 1200 Waterway Blvd Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46202.

IUPUI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution.

http://www.iupui.edu/~oeo/academicjobs/IN-LART15004htm.HTM

 

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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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