Information Sharing and Management

Organisation background and aims

The timely, detailed and secure sharing of data and information about individuals and families, helps agencies to deliver joined-up, relevant services, and avoids the need for individuals and families to provide the same data and information several times over. Yet many agencies and local places encounter barriers to effective data and information sharing. These barriers are often related to organisational culture obstacles, issues of responsibility and understanding.

Following the outcomes of the IISaM project, which demonstrated that locally identified barriers to information sharing were applicable across multiple policy areas and geographical locations, including Greater Manchester, the Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing was developed.

Officially launched in October 2014, the national-local collaboration is funded by a range of central Government departments and its agencies, including the Department of Health, the Department for Work and Pensions, the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Home Office and the Information Commissioner’s Office.
The organisation works with a variety of local places across a range of policy areas to help uncover and understand what is limiting good information sharing between them and their partners. Through case studies, blogs, articles, events, training and guidance, it then shares its learning to help others overcome similar issues, and to influence policy at a national level.

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