Our 2021 research is focused on equity. We are exploring equity in the economy, environment and climate, health, and more.

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Equity in Economic Opportunity

How race, place, and class impact opportunity in Indianapolis

Children born to low-income families in Indianapolis have worse economic outcomes than almost any other large city, and there are stark disparities for Black children and children who grew up in low-income neighborhoods.

How are you using these data? What other data would be useful for you?

Events 

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SAVI Talks: Equality of Opportunity

March 25

SAVI analysts will present the team’s latest research and WFYI will moderate a panel discussion.

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SAVI Talks: Equity in Aging

April 22

Older adults face issues of equity on a daily basis. The Polis Center, IU Public Policy Institute, and the IU Center for Public Policy Research partner with Central Indiana Senior Fund to highlight these issues and solutions.

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More to come…

Check back throughout the year for more presentations, forums, and workshops.

Research Under Development

More equity research is in development, including the following projects. 

A neighborhood model of economic opportunity

What drove opportunity in neighborhoods of the 1980s, and what can predict economic mobility for children growing up today?

What is the measurable effect of Redlining on segregation?

Over 80 years after communities of color were Redlined and excluded from federal mortgage guarantees, how strongly do modern patterns of segregation correlate with Redlined areas?

Life expectancy in Indianapolis neighborhoods

How long you live is influenced by where you lives and the resources you have. The Polis Center and the Fairbanks School of Public Health are partnering to update our 2015 research on disparities in life expectancy and examining social determinants of health.

Equity in the criminal justice system

We will explore data from the criminal justice system to understand the inequities and disproportionate effects on different populations. The issues we explore may include police arrests, incarceration, reentry, recidivism, and how these all connect to economic opportunity.

Measures of Equity 

Our equity research agenda will incorporate a community conversation on the key indicators of equity. Until then, here are just a few examples of community-level measures of equity across race, gender, and neighborhoods. For more equity data, visit the SAVI Equity Profile.

Racial Equity

Mortgage denial rate by race

Gender Equity

Median earnings by gender

Neighborhood Equity

Broadband access by census tract

More Equity Research 

Reports and articles from 2020 and earlier.

Story Map: Race and Migration Since 1970

In 1970, half of the region’s Black population lived in 12 square miles north of downtown Indianapolis. As Black residents moved into ’60s suburban communities, 120,000 White residents left the city’s core for newer suburbs.

Are We Segregated by Educational Attainment?

Most neighborhoods match the educational diversity of our region, but those with less education are largely excluded from downtown and the northern suburbs, while they are relatively isolated in the southeast side and parts of Anderson.

City Funds Flanner House Micro-Grocery in Food Desert

WFYI reports that the City of Indianapolis announced the first recipient of its Healthy Food Access grant on Thursday. Flanner House will receive $400,000 to develop Cleo's Bodega, a micro-grocery that will sell discounted food through a relationship with Under the...

Who Has Access to Groceries and Farmers’ Markets?

The USDA defines food deserts as a census tract where “at least 500 people and/or at least 33 percent of the census tract's population reside more than one mile from a supermarket or large grocery store." [usda.gov] This is a useful definition, but of course food...