Resource Center

InterOptimability Resources

Our Resource Center is a virtual library where you can go for a broad range of information relating to interoperability, information-sharing, and the six domains in which NIC primarily works: human and social services, public health, public education, public safety, emergency medical services and health information technology. We have vetted and aggregated numerous studies, guidance documents and other materials, which can be sorted in a variety of ways for easy access and use, and will add resources continually over time. The Resource Center is available to all professionals interested in the subject matter, irrespective of whether they are NIC participants.

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03-19-2018 Featured Project

All for One and One for All: Developing Coordinated State Opioid Strategies

This issue brief, authored by health policy journalist Noam Levey, combines insights from the meeting on key ways to improve coordination with interviews of more than two dozen current and former state officials in public health, Medicaid, law enforcement, corrections, and behavioral health, as well as policy experts who work with state government.

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05-25-2018 Report

Interoperability Standards in Education

K–12 education institutions are increasingly looking to digital content and related e-learning technologies to meet evolving education needs and goals. Technology-based products, services, and resources are making positive impacts on education and are improving efficiency and outcomes in teaching, learning, and classroom and school management. And yet, as educators grow more sophisticated in their use of technology, there are gaps in the integration and interfaces among disparate applications.

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05-24-2018 Roadmap

Roadmap for Cross-Agency Data Governance

Data governance provides state agencies a structure in which to define the roles and responsibilities needed to ensure clear processes for collecting and reporting education data and to ensure accountability for data quality and security. To make informed policy decisions across agencies, such as the state education agency and early childhood, higher education, and workforce agencies, cross-agency data governance is needed. This roadmap provides recommendations for states who are looking to develop and implement a high-quality cross-agency data governance committee.

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05-22-2018 Report

Interventions to Promote Postsecondary Attainment: April 2018 Update

In 2015, WSIPP’s Board of Directors authorized a collaborative project with the MacArthur Foundation and Pew Charitable Trusts to extend WSIPP’s benefit-cost analysis to higher education programs.

WSIPP produced a first report of a review of the evidence and benefit-cost analysis for ten postsecondary interventions in December 2016. This report updates those previous findings and presents new findings for an additional ten programs in four topic areas: 1) financial interventions, 2) student support interventions, 3) brief information interventions, and 4) concurrent enrollment interventions.

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05-22-2018 Report

Interventions to Promote Health and Increase Health Care Efficiency: April 2018 Update

WSIPP’s Board of Directors authorized WSIPP to work on a joint project with the MacArthur Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts to extend WSIPP’s benefit-cost analysis to certain health care topics. In this report, findings are presented on interventions to promote health and increase health care efficiency for older adults, including: 1) interventions to prevent falls and 2) interventions for older adults with dementia and/or their caregivers.

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05-21-2018 Handbook

California Health and Human Services Agency Data Playbook

Data changes everything. The Playbook can be used by Departments to solve problems with data. It is designed to help build an organizational culture that is focused on data and data-driven decision making. Departments can leverage the various components of the Playbook as they see fit and can customize the Playbook to their needs.

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05-15-2018 Report

DASH Bright Spot: A Legal Approach to Sharing Health & Education Data

Increasing research indicates that education and health are linked.  The Chicago Department of Public Health partnered with Chicago Public Schools for the Chicago 2.0 Plan, which focuses largely on education. Chicago 2.0 works to address the root cause of poor health in its communities, through bringing agencies together.  

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05-14-2018 Web Page

The California Healthy Places Index (HPI): Public Health Alliance of Southern California

A tool developed by the Public Health Alliance of Southern California with Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center on Society and Health, for health professionals and communities to explore and address the health of California communities. This tool provides overall scores and detailed data to identify policy action areas with the greatest potential to impact population health. 

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05-14-2018 Article

Can an Algorithm Tell When Kids Are in Danger?

New question: Which families are most at risk and in need of help? Not which services to provide, but to whom. It would be unethical not to use the currently most accurate predictive analytics tool. The presence of bias, despite the algorithm, is recognized, but still seen as an oppotunity for more screening consistency.  In attempts to limit the effects of bias, objective risk measures were added to the screening process. 

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