NNIP Lessons on Local Data Sharing

Last Updated: December 10, 2014

Negotiating data sharing agreements with local agencies is the first step towards building a neighborhood indicator system. It's hard work, but it can be done, as proved by the growing number and scope of datasets housed by our local partners.

Approaching local government agency staff to request access to data files can be the most daunting aspect of data sharing. From the agency's viewpoint, they have much to lose by granting access to their data, and the easiest response for them in the short-term will be to reject the request without serious consideration. From our NNIP partners' experience over the last decade, we can offer strategies and agreements that have been successful in other places.

This guide was developed with the support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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