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.
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!
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett pledged his commitment to the City’s “2020 Bicentennial” agenda, designed to make life better for people in Indianapolis. It’s made up of six parts — Choose, Connect, Love, Serve, Thrive and Work Indy.
IndyVitals, a new digital neighborhood monitoring tool for Marion County that is powered by SAVI, debuted June 7 to mark the City of Indianapolis’ official community-wide unveiling of its Bicentennial Plan.
The Polis Center developed IndyVitals for Plan 2020, the city-planning initiative that includes representatives from the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, the Department of Metropolitan Development, the Department of Public Works, the Indy Chamber, and other community leaders.
“Plan 2020 is the name of the Bicentennial Planning process for Indianapolis and Marion County that involves the creation of a broad, values-based vision, a set of actions steps that partners have committed to completing by the city’s Bicentennial in 2020, and updates to six technical city plans,” said Brad M. Beaubien, AICP, Administrator for Long Range Planning, Department of Metropolitan Development, City of Indianapolis-Marion County.
The tool is one of the four main elements of the city’s bicentennial plan (the other elements are the agenda, the plan, and engagement evaluation). It will help organize the Plan 2020 endeavor and monitor the impact of the blueprint within neighborhoods so that Plan 2020 members can determine if the results match the desired outcome. See more.