Community Profiles User Guide

3. Building Profiles

After you’ve selected an area, click create dashboard. Now you can view data about your area in charts, maps, and tables.

We start you off with four default indicators, and you can add dozens more.

3.1. Create Profile

Once you’ve selected one or more areas, you have the option to create a profile. We’ll show you a popup that tells you what you’ve selected. Click “Create Profile” and then choose “Chart View” or “Table View”.

3.2. Understanding Views

When you first create a profile, you choose “Chart View” or “Table View”. You can easily change your view after we create your profile. We’ll guide you through the features of each view.

Changing Views

To change views, click the table or chart icon.

3.2.1. Chart View

This view is great for seeing change over time and for mapping data. In chart view, it’s easy to explore several indicators and see at a glance how they are trending.


Each indicator you add to your dashboard is displayed in a card. Every card has a “More Details” button so you break down the indicator by sub-groups. Each card also has a menu to access more features, like downloading data, adding it to the map, removing the card, and learning about the source of the data.

Learn more about cards

Map Card

You’re dashboard has one map card. You can map one vulnerability (demographic and population statistics that are shown as “area” data) at a time. You can also show many kinds of assets (programs, services, and other locations that are shown as “point” data).

Learn more about maps

3.2.2. Table View

Table view shows the latest data year available for all the indicators you’ve chosen. We compare the data, where possible, to the county, the metro area, the state.

To get county numbers, we use the county in which your selected area is located. The data we show here is the county-wide average. If you’ve picked areas that are in multiple counties, this is unavailable.

We define the metro area based on the Indianapolis Metropolitan Statistical Area. This includes 11 counties in Central Indiana: Boone, Brown, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Morgan, Putnam, and Shelby. In these columns we show the average for all 11 counties combined.

Finally, we show the state average for Indiana.

Learn more about tables

3.3. Exporting


You can export your profile as a CSV file, so you can edit the data in Excel and build your own visualizations. Your can also print your profile. We’ll format it for you automatically so it looks great as a document. By printing to a PDF, you can export your report as a PDF document.


3.3.1. Export Data

Export Data for a Card

You can export each card as a CSV file. Just open the card menu and click “Download This Data”.

The CSV you download will have the data for every visualization in that card, even if you haven’t expanded the card to see those vizzes.

These vizzes will be combined into one table, with a row for every data year and a column for every series (like population groups or comparison geographies).

Export Data for the Whole Profile

Click the download icon to export all data for all cards in your profile as a CSV file. Every card will listed on the same sheet of your spreadsheet. The card title will be listed before each table.

3.3.2. Print & PDF

To print your profile, go to the print menu in your browser. Or use the keyboard shortcut (cmd-p on Mac, ctrl-p on PC).

If you want to save your report as a PDF, this is available in your browsers print dialog. It is usually found a standalone button or as a separate “printer” you can choose.

You may need to change some settings to optimize the way your printed report or PDF report looks.

  • Turn on “Print background colors”. In Chrome, this is under “More Settings”.
  • If you’d like, turn off “Print header and footer”. This makes for a cleaner printed report.

Here are what the print dialog looks like with the correct settings in Chrome and Safari.

3.4. Saving and Opening

If you are logged in, we automatically save every profile you create. You can open profiles that you’ve created before, and you can delete those profiles, too.


Log In or Register

Click the account icon to log in. If you aren’t a registered user, click “Register” in the login popup menu.

Saving a Profile

If you create a profile while you are already logged in, we will automatically save that profile. (Creating a profile means you selected an area and clicked “Create Profile”.)

If you’ve created a profile without logging in, you can still save it. Just log in from the dashboard. Once you’re logged in, we will save that profile to your account.
You can name your profile by editing the text at the top of your profile. Replace “My Profile” with a topic or project name. Replace “My Area” with a name for the area you selected. As soon as you update these, we’ll save these changes to your profile (as long as you’re logged in).

When we save your profile, here is what we save:

  • The area you selected
  • The data you chose (by adding and removing cards or tables)
  • Your profile name and area name, if you set them
  • The date and time you updated your profile.

Opening a Profile

Once you’ve logged in, the account button will show a menu of account options. You sign out, change your account options, or open a previous profile.

Click “Open Profile” and you will see a popup with all your previous profiles listed by date (newest first). Click on any of these profiles to open them. Click the trash can icon to delete this profile.