Indiana Evaluation Association Week: Hoosier Data by Kate Bathon Shufeldt

Kate Bathon Shufeldt

Greetings! I’m Kate Bathon Shufeldt, MSW, MPA, CEO of Thrive Nonprofit Solutions in Indianapolis, IN. I am a member of the Indiana Evaluation Association and currently serve as the Board President. As this week is highlighting members of the Indiana Evaluation Association, I wanted to share some Rad Resources for data on Hoosiers.

Indiana recently released its 2022 Indiana KIDS COUNT Data Book Executive Summary with the full data book scheduled for release in the next month or two. This annual publication by the Indiana Youth Institute is the go-to resource for any data needed regarding Hoosier youth and families, including family and community, health, economic well-being, and education data points. The Annie E. Casey Foundation funds a network of state organizations like Indiana Youth Institute to collect and report on a variety of data to the KIDS COUNT Data Center. As the full Indiana KIDS COUNT Data Book is released, so are county-level snapshots and dashboards that allow for disaggregation by race, age groups, and other categories. Indiana Youth Institute also publishes topical data briefs with the data from the Data Book, including publications like Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth in Indiana and Connecting Children’s Obesity and Nutrition through the Child Nutrition Reauthorization.

STATS Indiana is maintained by the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. This data utility houses a wealth of information regarding state agency data, socio-economic data, workforce, education, and other topics. The website houses some data itself while also providing links directly to state agencies and other sources.

Indiana’s labor market information can be found on Hoosiers by the Numbers which is a collaboration between STATS Indiana and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. In addition to providing information topically, it also houses regional and county profiles. The site’s INDepth Regional Profiles that illustrate population estimates, migration trends, industry information, and demographic information for our Economic Growth Regions.

Indiana INdicators is our home for health indicators and is a partnership between the Indiana State Department of Health and the Indiana Hospital Association. While providing information on state, county, and local health outcomes such as cancer and chronic diseases, it also shows data regarding access to health. On the website, you can build specialized reports to cover the geography or topics you wish. It also illustrates trends through easy-to-read arrow depictions.

Lastly, SAVI is the place to go for comprehensive data for the Central Indiana region. SAVI is a program of the Polis Center Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). The Central Indiana region includes Indianapolis and its surrounding counties which is the major population hub of the state. The site allows for neighborhood and Census Tract-level specificity that is perfect for grassroots community organizations. As with Indiana Youth Institute, SAVI also provides analysis and reports on the data they provide. Recent reports include Our Changing City, Block by Block and The Lasting Impacts of Segregation and Redlining. Additionally, organizations can contact SAVI to receive training and consultation on data usage.

I invite you to Get Involved by joining the Indiana Evaluation Association! Our quarterly workshops and networking events are excellent opportunities to learn more about evaluation and evaluators in Indiana.

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