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The Importance of Data Sharing Between Programs

Unlocking efficiency and collaboration.

Everywhere we go, everything we do generates data. The data may be deleted, stored, never seen again, or incorrectly manipulated. Alternatively, it can be harnessed to create policies and make decisions that can positively impact our lives. For government agencies, utilizing data can streamline service delivery, reduce costs, and improve outcomes, ultimately improving the lives of the people they serve. However, if siloed, data collected from multiple health and human services agencies makes it difficult to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of these encounters. 

Data Collection with a Purpose

Every piece of data collected should serve a purpose. It is essential to consider the costs associated with collecting and storing data. When data collected is of no value, it is not worth the effort and resources required. We should strive to only collect the minimum necessary, useful data and avoid burdening individuals with unnecessary requests. 

Breaking Down Silos

Isolated data systems make it difficult to extract valuable insights. Unifying datasets related to a person, program, or condition is crucial for a full understanding of the situation. It offers opportunities for targeted interventions, streamlining access to services, and reducing costs through policy changes. 

The Power of Interconnected Systems

Sharing data between programs can take many forms. Including a simple extraction of a data file that is sent to another system to real-time updates and linkages. When agencies come together to share data, they can reduce the burden on constituents while improving their services. To minimize errors and client frustration, avoiding duplication of effort is crucial. Government agencies should prioritize data sharing. Doing so improves services for their constituents while ensuring the security, accessibility, and value of critical data. 

Improved Decision-Making

Data collaboration across agencies is critical for data-driven decision-making. Sharing information can lead to better outcomes. It can improve communication, support effective evaluation, and facilitate improvements in policy, services, and systems. More complete information allows for a deeper understanding of the situation and the identification of solutions that will be more effective.

How PK Can Help

We can help human service agencies analyze data to manage programs, facilitate policy innovations, communicate with stakeholders and funders, and implement system changes. By understanding and using their data, agencies can maximize their impact and leverage positive outcomes for children and their families. We help by identifying and collecting qualitative and quantitative data to analyze and build models that inform policies and drive transformation. 

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