Information Sharing Resources



Through its Information Sharing Programs, SEARCH helps justice and public safety practitioners and organizations at all levels of government improve their use of technology, information sharing capabilities, and voice and data interoperability in mission-critical projects and initiatives. Our approach encompasses key success factors, such as—

  • Good governance and service management
  • Mission-oriented strategic and tactical planning
  • Enterprise architecture development
  • Service oriented architecture
  • Business process modeling and analysis
  • Service specification development
  • Performance management
  • Application of industry and national justice community standards

Collected here is a range of SEARCH-developed resources to support information sharing. 

New! Global Reference Architecture (GRA) Training
The GRA is a tool justice and public safety practitioners can use to make it easier and faster to design information sharing solutions that align with best practices and national standards. This interactive, scenario-based training helps stakeholders like you gain a common understanding of the GRA standards, tools, methods, and processes. It allows you to immediately put knowledge into action—showing you how to establish governance, development the architecture, model and document services, and create information models—and provides hands-on implementation labs to help tie it all together.

Justice and public safety organizations that initiate an information sharing program with local, regional, state, and/or federal partners should develop an Enterprise Strategic Plan. SEARCH has prepared Technical Briefs that outline the importance of enterprise strategic planning, and offer a methodology for preparing enterprise strategic plans. Organizations can use this modifiable Word template to prepare such a plan.

Jurisdictions can use this template to prepare a memorandum of understanding for participants in a justice information sharing federation. The agreement, which is a modifiable Word document, formally establishes the governance, responsibilities, and obligations of federation participants.



Karen Lissy

Ms. Karen Lissy is a Justice Information Services Specialist for the Law and Policy Program of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. In this position, she provides assistance to state and local justice and public safety agencies to collect, curate, and use National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) data and computerized criminal history record (CCH/CHRI) information for policy analysis and development.

She also guides justice and related organizations in how to craft and implement laws, policies, practices, and technology applications to effectively collect and use CCH and related justice/public safety data; address legal, policy, and regulatory issues associated with CCH data; better manage and operate criminal justice information and identification systems; and develop security and privacy policies that protect justice information sharing systems.

Ms. Lissy has nearly two decades of research and data analysis experience, having led projects and tasks in support of two agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (the Bureau of Justice Statistics and National Institute of Justice), as well as the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, and multiple foundations, including Ford, Annie E. Casey, and Hewlett. Prior to joining SEARCH in October 2020, Ms. Lissy served as a Social Science Researcher at RTI International, as a regional Crime Analyst for the Redmond (WA) Police Department, and as Director of a research program with the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis. Beginning in 2012, Ms. Lissy’s work has focused on improving data in law enforcement to answer policy questions and improve community/police relations.

Ms. Lissy earned a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University, and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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