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 agency’s 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. (more…)
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.
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.