Fall 2017 SAVI Online Magazine Emagazine Fall 2017 FINAL - Page 2

INTRODUCTION Statistics. Percentages. Numbers. Data, data, data. We are inundated in today’s information age with an overwhelming amount of facts and figures. It can be a challenge figuring out what it means, wondering if it makes a difference, and looking to see if it reveals something new. And, what does “putting a face on data,” really mean? Simplistically, it means distilling the pertinent information from your research, asking questions about and reflecting on what it means, then telling the story that is brought to light so readers can understand how it relates to them. This is where and how SAVI makes a difference. Dr. Brian Dixon, a Regenstrief Institute investigator and associate professor of epidemiology at the IUPUI Fairbanks School of Public Health, takes this to heart in his work with his students. He uses SAVI Advanced to teach students how to analyze data about populations to understand social determinants of health and how to use data stories to share their findings. EmployIndy’s mission is to help Marion County residents access services and training to improve opportunities in the workforce. The organization shifts its efforts periodically to better meet the needs of both individuals and companies. It uses SAVI to track the impact of its programs and adjusts as needed to be more successful. It sees the effectiveness of its programs as it helps prepare and present qualified candidates to employers demanding specific skill sets. Teachers at Park Tudor School want their middle school students to understand how numbers can tell a 2 story. They introduced students to SAVI so they can learn about their neighborhood and create their own story. And, was it ever a success! Our new report, Who Rides the Bus: Examining Transit Ridership in Marion County, sheds new light on IndyGo ridership and its possible implications for service providers and future transit. We combined data from the recent ridership survey with a variety of neighborhood socio-economic factors in SAVI to better understand how and why certain groups of riders used the service. The report provides general audiences with an informed geographic approach to transit to see how place plays into the equation. Read more in our feature article. SAVI continues to help organizations better serve human needs through its ability to show patterns and gaps visually and identify details that were not as evident before. We hope you enjoy the stories that follow that show the faces of those impacted by the information SAVI provides.