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Information Sharing Tool Kit-Second Edition

Published Jan 20, 2015, Juvenile Law Center and Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice

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The Tool Kit website is designed to assist jurisdictions in creating and implementing information and data sharing  initiatives to achieve better outcomes for youth involved in the juvenile justice system. Users may download and print materials from the Tool Kit website.


The Tool Kit guides users to undertake three distinct levels of information and data sharing:

  1. Category One: Information sharing for purposes of individual case planning and decision-making. This involves the collection and sharing of personally identifiable information to better coordinate case planning on behalf of individual children and their families.
  2. Category Two: Data collection and sharing for law, policy and program development. The goal in Category Two is to develop aggregated data on the characteristics of specific case populations to improve policies and practices and better coordinate responses involving multiple agencies.
  3. Category Three: Data collection and sharing for program evaluation and performance measurement.  The goal of Category Three is to develop aggregated data to measure performance and the effectiveness of programs and practices designed to improve child and family outcomes

Each category contains: 

  • A comprehensive federal law overview
  • Interactive scenarios based on real-life situations 
  • Multiple tools including templates for interagency agreements and sample release forms
  • Principles or positive values for responsible information/data collection and sharing
  • Step-by-step guidelines to develop and implement an information/data collection and sharing project
  • Case studies from various jurisdictions

The Models for Change Information Sharing Tool Kit – Second Edition is a joint product of Juvenile Law Centerand the RFK National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice with contributions by Stephanie Rondenell, an independent consultant. The project is funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as part of the Models for Change: Systems Reform in Juvenile Justice. 


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Models for Change was a juvenile justice systems reform initiative supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, website operated by Justice Policy Institute.