This book chapter uses case studies to illustrate the benefits, challenges, and essential components for public health and criminal justice information sharing.
The authors present some of the main lessons learned from interviewing officials from state public health and criminal justice agencies who have experience with information sharing and data integration. They also offer recommendations on actions that practitioners and policy makers can take to improve their jurisdiction's capacity to share information. The main lessons include the importance of interoperability in technology, policy, and management; the necessity of shifting agency culture; and the value of involving key policymakers. Recommended actions include creating effective governance structures; creating enterprise oriented resource allocation models; investing in scalable strategies; and reducing barriers to non-crisis capacity building.