Using a Legal Framework Approach for Integrated Data Systems
Having access to cross-sector data can be powerful. By linking data across various public agencies, states can create a more holistic picture of outcomes for people in education, health care, the workforce, and beyond. This clearer picture enables a better understanding of the complex needs of individuals and communities, which can inform the design of new strategies and interventions to address those needs and the evaluation of the effectiveness of programs and policies on desired outcomes. The systems that cohesively bring together data from various agencies are known as integrated data systems.
This paper provides information for states, public agencies, and other parties interested in facilitating data sharing and implementing Integrated Data Systems (IDSs). Specifically, the document explores how a legal framework approach can inform the use, sharing, and protection of data in an IDS.
About the Data Integration Support Center (DISC)
The newly launched Data Integration Support Center at WestEd provides privacy, policy, and legal assistance to support public agencies in navigating the complexities of state and federal privacy and security regulations for integrated data systems through flexible, adaptable, and easily accessible resources, diverse media, expert guidance, and technical assistance.
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