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

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Worlds Further Apart

Since 2015, the gap in life expectancy between the ZIP codes with the longest and shortest lifespan has increased by 24 percent. ZIP codes with the highest and lowest lifespans are 17 miles apart and half a 17-year gap in life expectancy.

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The Lasting Impacts of Segregation and Redlining

80 years after the federal government encouraged lenders to consider “neighborhood characteristics” like race in their lending decisions, redlining and segregation have a measurable impact on economic opportunity, health outcomes, the environment, and violence.

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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?


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SAVI Talks: Equity in Criminal Justice

November 18

This SAVI Talk will apply the Cradle to Prison Pipeline framework to the criminal justice landscape of Marion County. We will use it to interpret snapshots of local place-based data that highlight inequities faced by subpopulations from childhood to adulthood, and how policy impacts these inequities.

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SAVI Talks: Life Expectancy

August 26

IU Fairbanks School of Public Health is partnering with The Polis Center to analyze gaps in life expectancy across communities.

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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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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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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?

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.

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...

State of our Black Youth Report: 2012 Edition

Indiana Black Expo, Inc.’s 2012 State of Our Black Youth Report (SOBY) presents statewide data on the health and well-being of Indiana’s Black youth, as well as local data for the following 16 communities: Anderson, East Chicago, Elkhart, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Gary,...