Our 2021 research is focused on equity. We are exploring equity in the economy, environment and climate, health, and more.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Mortgage denial rate by race
Median earnings by gender
Broadband access by census tract
More Equity Research
Reports and articles from 2020 and earlier.
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...
Article You May Have Missed: The April 11, 2016 issue of the The New York Times featured the article, "The Rich Live Longer Everywhere. For the Poor, Geography Matters." This topic resonates with the Polis Center and SAVI as we prepared a report on a similar...
Late last year, Indiana Black Expo released its much anticipated State of Our Black Youth report. It is the third installment of the series (the previous two reports were released in 2005 and 2007 respectively), but this time, Indiana Black Expo...
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,...