This past week, five area community foundations released a 28-page joint report entitled The Recession's Impact on the Safety Net in Ohio and Pennsylvania. The result of a two-month study,the report was in part written using data generated by Rhiza Community Catalog. These data are publicly available under "Community Profiles" on HumanServices.net, an online tool implemented in partnership with 3rc that uses Catalog to simplify intake, referral, and analysis of community services. NeighborAid, an emergency fund for community organizations facing budget crises resulting from the economic downturn, has also begun to use HumanServices.net to refer local residents to social service providers. We at Rhiza are struck by two contrasting emotions. On one hand, we're proud to see our tools being used to promote analysis, understanding, and discussion of critical policy issues, and to connect those in need with vital services. On the other hand, we're alarmed by the joint report's...
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
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.
The same MAYA technology behind the Information Commons will also make it possible for healthcare organizations to share healthcare data.