This workshop given at the AIRS 2008 National Conference outlines best practices in creating community-wide data sharing partnerships for information and referral ("I&R"). Practical advice from successful initiatives in Pennsylvania and New Jersey are presented, helping participants understand how to overcome the technical and political barriers to creating effective collaborations that improve the quality of every agencys I&R services, reduce inefficiencies in the process and provide a greater level of self-sufficiency for individuals seeking help. Successful approaches to raising funds within your organization, from government agencies and the philanthropic community are discussed, leaving participants with a roadmap for developing, implementing and funding a community-wide I&R data sharing initiative. Presenters: John M Pierce, Allegheny County Department of Human Services; Josh Knauer, Rhiza Labs
Software that Allegheny County and the local United Way branch use to share information about community services and schools is being marketed outside the region by a new spinoff of the South Side-based MAYA Group. Rhiza Labs LLC has a contract with the United Way and New Jersey government officials to take its technology to that state, CEO Josh Knauer said.
Allegheny County unveils new social services Web site powered by the Information Commons.
Social service agencies in Allegheny County work together to share data in the Information Commons.