Information Sharing Standards & Models

information-sharingInformation is the lifeblood of effective justice, public safety, emergency services, disaster management, and homeland security efforts. It transcends the operational needs and priorities of individual justice agencies. Enterprisewide information sharing is needed to prepare for, prevent, respond to, and recover from critical incidents and natural disasters—and respond to the critical day-to-day operations of agencies at all levels and across all branches of government.

Information sharing can mean different things:

  • the ability to access and share critical information electronically at key decision points throughout the justice enterprise.
  • the automation of information exchange between justice and justice-related organizations.
  • providing complete, accurate, and timely information to justice system decision makers, when and where they need the information. 

Using national standards and models significantly facilitates justice information sharing. SEARCH is a national leader in helping develop, support and leverage such national standards and solutions as—

Check out our NIEM, GRA and GFIPM pages to learn more about these standards and the information sharing solutions SEARCH offers.

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.