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National Juvenile Information Sharing Institute

Clearinghouse of Publications Related
to Information Sharing:


Governance Guidelines for Juvenile Information Sharing, 2011 -  National Juvenile Information Sharing Institute

The National Juvenile Information Sharing Institute’s Governance Guidelines for Juvenile Information Sharing (NJISI) were prepared by ACG, Inc and the Center for Network Development in 2011.  The NJISI Governance Guidelines are based on the original Guidelines for Juvenile Information Sharing (JIS) published by the CND in 2006.  The NJISI guidelines draw on the experience and expertise of those who work in youth-serving agencies and information technology initiatives throughout the United States.  The NJISI Guidelines were validated by several statewide collaborative focused on improving outcomes for children, youth and families and provide a course of action for key agency and organization stakeholders involved in efforts to successfully implement and sustain juvenile information sharing.  A downloadable version is under development and will be available in e-book format in late 2014, early 2015. Check back soon.



What Do Youth and Parents Think About Information Sharing?  National Juvenile Information Sharing Initiative

Stephanie Rondenell – Center for Network Development,  Christine Duclos, PhD, JSI Research and Training Institute

The Family/Youth Involvement Subcommittee of the Colorado Children and Youth Information Sharing Collaborative (CCYIS), one of the pilot sites of the NJISI, was charged with planning incorporation of youth and family perspectives. Subcommittee members, with the help of JSI, developed the recruitment strategy, facilitation protocol, and the semi-structured focus group interview guides. Ten discussion groups  (5 youth and 5 adult) were held in the early summers

of 2010 and 2011. The outcome of these interviews have been compiled and placed in this report. The family and youth perspective radiates throughout the report and provides us with recommendations and insight on how families and youth in crisis expect to be treated and how they expect their information to be shared.  To download a printable version, click here.


The Important-But- Risky Business of Information Sharing

Stephanie Rondenell, Executive Director, Center for Network Development

“Information sharing” is usually associated with technology. The sharing of inform ai ton is defined as the process of exchanging data among various agencies' or organizations' through computer systems and, the information can be located almost anywhere - even in a cloud.

A federal initiative – called the National Juvenile Information Sharing Initiative (NJISI) – sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention(OJJDP) and managed by the Center for Network Development(CND) is a training and technical assistance project designed to build state and local jurisdictions’ capacity to plan and successfully implement information sharing through standardized, proven practices and policies through guidelines developed specifically for at risk youth and juvenile justice agencies.   To download a printable version, click here.


NJISI Readiness Assessment Results: 
NJISI Project Advances Locally, Regionally & Nationally

Stephanie Rondenell, Executive Director, Center for Network Development,  Christine Duclos, Ph.D.

 In 2010 and 2011, a NJISI Readiness Assessment was disseminated to over 132 representatives in 53 locations that are in various stages of developing or implementing electronic juvenile information sharing.  This assessment identified the top challenges and technical assistance needs for state or local juvenile justice collaboratives addressing at risk youth. Through this readiness assessment, participating sites—representing 36 states and territories —identified technical assistance needs in all three key components of NJISI: collaboration, governance development and support; privacy and confidentiality constraints; and, technology using the juvenile justice data model (JJXDM)

and the National Information Exchange Model - NIEM. The results also ascertained challenges to implementation, such as training, access to needed resources, and collaboration between local communities and the JISI program as a whole. To download a printable version of this article, click here.

The Juvenile Assessment Center and Information Sharing: The Whys, the Whats, and How It Works in Jefferson County, Colorado

Stephanie Rondenell and Jeff McDonald

In 1992, Jefferson County, Colorado, experienced an increase in youth violence that led to a rise in juvenile arrests and filings. This juvenile activity had a negative impact on the juvenile justice system, since it lengthened time from police contact to a court appearance.

To read this article click here.