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We’ve designed SAVI data tools to be both approachable and intuitive, but some users want to take their work to the next level and seek out educational opportunities that empower them with a better understanding of everything SAVI can do.


Our staff is available to demonstrate SAVI to groups, university classes, and conferences. We’ll provide an overview of SAVI’s data, tools, and services, as well as examples of how local data has been used by organizations. We can tailor the content to focus on issues of particular relevance to your group.

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We offer FREE training opportunities year-round in online and classroom courses ranging from basic introduction to SAVI to advanced analysis.



As part of our mission to build an active online user support network, we offer two levels of certification:

SAVI-Trained Professionals are trained in how to use the tools and data.
Requirements (9 hours of class time; complete Levels 1-3)

SAVI-Trained Practitioners are trained in practical applications of the data and tools to address local issues.
Requirements (17 hours of class time; complete Levels 1-5)


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Level 1: SAVI Overview
How to Use the SAVI Website
This is a fast-paced overview of SAVI’s contents and tools. It will describe the data available in SAVI and how to use the search tools in SAVI to find the data you need. It will provide an overview of the Quick Info, Community Profiles, Select Data, Map, Chart, Table, My Communities, My Data, My Projects, and other SAVI tools. This module also explores potential uses of SAVI, including examples of how SAVI is being used by organizations in Central Indiana.

Level 2: Tool-based Webinars (Prerequisite: Level 1)

SAVI Advanced
This is an overview of one of SAVI’s new tools. SAVI Advanced is a powerful data visualization and analysis tool that allows you to gain a new understanding of the communities and populations you serve. SAVI Advanced allows you to explore and identify patterns and trends to guide your research or decision-making. SAVI Advanced also allows you to create Data Stories. Storytelling with data is an easy way to engage with stakeholders to justify the need for a grant, demonstrate program impact, or share research findings. SAVI allows you to build a narrative around your data, add interactive visualizations you create in SAVI-Advanced, and share YOUR STORY on-line.

Advanced Search and Indices
In this webinar, you will learn about SAVI’s new advanced search and Indices tools.

SAVI’s new advanced search feature makes it easier to find the data you are looking for. With this search option you can:

  • Find a community based on its name and then access a complete community profile with one click.
  • Search for communities based on the demographics or socio-economic status of the residents.
  • Search for communities near an address.

Examples of the types of questions you can answer with this search feature:

  • Where are census tracts that have low education attainment levels and low incomes?
  • Where is Broad Ripple?
  • What census tracts are located near this address?
  • In which township is this address located?

The indices tool helps reveal socio-economic conditions and disparities across the region. This tool allows you to choose from several indices to explore online or to download for use in your own data analysis. This tool was made possible thanks to funding from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation to support public health uses. Public health researchers, for example, use indicators of socio-economic conditions for inclusion in analysis of health conditions and disparities.

Community Profiles and My Communities
In this webinar, you will learn how to use the Community Profile tool. You will also learn how to obtain data and information for a community that you define. You will learn how to build your custom community boundary interactively using several methods: clicking on an interactive map with or without the assistance of a street highlighter tool, using a pick list of geographies such as census tracts or school corporations, or specifying a radius around an address or asset. Once you have created your community, you can view an auto-generated community profile that describes the demographics, economy, education, and health of your community. The community profile also includes maps of the sites, programs, and agencies within the community. This is useful for grant applications, community assessments, strategic planning, and many other applications for which you need information about a custom geographic area.

Charts and My Projects
This webinar features an in-depth exploration of the powerful Charts and My Projects tools in SAVI. The interactive chart tool allows you to compare geographic areas, view changes over time, and view population distributions in a pie chart, bar chart, or line graph. It allows you to build basic pie charts, such as the proportion of each race of a selected county’s population, and more advanced pie charts that combine data for two communities into a single chart or compare the race or ethnic diversity of two communities. Bar charts range from basic (e.g., Teen Birth Rate from 1990 – 2010 for a single neighborhood) to advanced (e.g., comparing the graduation rate of 5 selected school corporations across 5 years). No need to worry about how to manipulate the data. This tool has an easy-to-use wizard that guides you through the steps of selecting the type of chart you need and the indicators, areas, and years you want to chart. You can save and print charts in color or black and white for incorporation into reports and grants. This tool is very useful for analyze trends and doing comparisons.

The My Projects tool allows you to manage your projects and create new ones. A project is a collection of data items, maps, charts, and tables that you save. Once saved, your project is maintained on the SAVI server and can be retrieved any time that you return and login.

My Data
This webinar provides detailed instruction on how to use your own data in SAVI. SAVI allows you to map a list of addresses and view them along with other SAVI data on the map. You now have the option to make your data viewable to the public or keep your data private. Using the socio-economic variables in SAVI, you also can map a variety of indicators to discover the demographics and economic conditions of their neighborhoods or the types of assets available in those communities. This webinar will take you through the process of uploading your address file (or manually typing addresses into the website), mapping it, and using it along with other SAVI data. You also will learn how to add images, descriptions, and other text to each of the points on the map. This feature is useful for membership/client mapping, community inventories, asset mapping, promoting your non-profit resources, building collaborations, and much more.

Level 3: Basic Analysis Techniques (Level 1)
This course introduces participants to basic concepts and considerations when searching for and analyzing data, including data collection methods, understanding data limitations, appropriate uses of data, and making meaning out of data. You will learn how to interpret maps and charts, how to select the appropriate parameters of your data, and how to analyze change over time. This course provides an important foundation in using and understanding data that is necessary for the level 4 workshops.

Level 4: Topic-based Workshops (Prerequisites: Level 1, Levels 2 and 3 preferred)
Using SAVI to Support Grant Applications
SAVI provides a powerful set of tools to support the development of reports and grant requests. This workshop will begin with a brief introduction on the basic components of a successful grant. It then will explore the ways in which SAVI can support a grant application, including such areas as identifying community need, program evaluation, measuring program outcomes, and identifying potential community partners. Modeling real examples of successful grant applications, you will learn how to use SAVI data to identify and understand community issues and to create maps, charts, and tables that you can incorporate into your application. Many of the concepts presented in this workshop are also applicable to creating information for use in other types of reports.

Community Assessments: Getting the BIG PICTURE and little picture with Data
Community assessments use objective data to assess the current social conditions and needs of a specified community or target area as well as the community’s capacity to meet those needs. This is often the first step in strategic planning, program planning, and resource allocation. Learn how to use community assessments to inform decision making for your organization or community-wide initiatives. The United Way of Central Indiana and The Polis Center have partnered to provide community organizations with the resources and expertise to secure and use data. Through a case study, representatives from both organizations will explain how their partnership gathered quantitative and qualitative data to analyze human services needs in Central Indiana at the macro level and drilled down to specific issues in a single county at the micro level. The workshop will highlight key data sources, what questions to ask, and how to use what you learn. You will use several of SAVI’s tools to assess existing social conditions and identify services in the communities.

Using SAVI to Support Strategic Planning
Most organizations conduct strategic planning periodically or at some point in its life cycle to envision its future direction and to develop a strategy for achieving its goals and objectives. SAVI provides a significant amount of local data and a variety of tools to support this effort. In this workshop, you will learn how to apply these resources to identify community needs, explore trends, map existing clients/members to identify and understand your service area, locate target populations based on selected demographic or socio-economic profiles, assess opportunities by determining existing (or lack of) services, and track progress toward identified community-based goals.

Level 5: Beyond SAVI (Prerequisite: Level 1)
Google Earth and Google Maps for Nonprofits
In this session, you will learn how to use Google Earth and other Internet tools to map your own data for purposes of raising awareness, educating target audiences, supporting advocacy efforts, and more. Topics will include: Google Earth; Google Maps; creating points, lines, and areas; integrating SAVI data; and example applications of these tools for nonprofit uses.