The Improving Information Sharing and Management (IISaM) project team used a six stage process to describe the journey that partners go through when they want to share information.

The information sharing journey toolkit is structured to support each of the stages, providing activities and guidance along the way.

 Information sharing is easy to say, but harder to do well.

In association with our academic partners, we are pleased to publish the report Information Sharing: Easy to say harder to do

Find out more about our academic work at this link: Academic thinking

From policy makers to front-line staff, everybody has a personal anecdote or a story to recount about a real experience where information sharing has, or could have, made a difference to the delivery of a public service or an outcome for a service user.

To bring these stories to life, we spent a month collecting them. You can read the findings at this page: What’s your information sharing story? #infostory 

As part of our work to develop and share learning within local partnerships, between local places and to inform national departments, we have hosted several valuable workshops and networking sessions.

The following materials have been produced for these which you can use to adapt and develop for your own local sessions, to explore information sharing barriers and develop better working between partners.

Building trust and a shared vision for co-location
In preparation for the opening of a new building, this series of three workshops enabled managers and practitioners to prepare for co-location by exploring issues around information sharing and information management.

Identifying information sharing needs when scoping a design for a new service
These tools were used to host a workshop for Surrey CCDG to explore cultural barriers and solutions that are fundamental to developing effective information sharing. You can read more about this workshop in this blog.

Information sharing workshop
Looking at challenges and practical solutions to information sharing across services in Surrey. 

Think Family Conference – workshop findings
The Centre recently delivered a workshop on Information Sharing at at a ‘Think Family’ conference organised by Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES). You learn more and read about the findings of the Troubled Families Information Sharing workshop in our latest publication.

Identifying information sharing issues within Ending Gang and Youth Violence (EGYV) partnerships

You can read more about the background to this workshop in the following three blog posts:
Risk and reward – the role of information sharing in EGVY
Breaking down information sharing barriers to tackle violence
“The gangs share information better than we do”

The role of information sharing within multi-agency safeguarding and information sharing hubs
You can read more about the background to this workshop in the following blog posts:
Information sharing within the development of MASHs
Five things your Chief Executive needs to know about MASHs

Dice of destiny
For any information sharing workshop, make the dice in small groups and use it to select a topic for discussion

Wheel of fortune
For any information sharing workshop, in small groups use the wheel and spin a pen to choose an information sharing issue for discussion

Comment postcard
At the end of your workshop, attendees may want to feedback to you, perhaps anonymously, and these templates can be distributed for this purpose

Action plan questions
At the end of your workshop, you could present these questions to attendees and ask them to respond to them on the comment postcards (above). A week after the event, to refresh their minds about what steps they felt they could take, email each attendee the actions they submitted and keep momentum for change going by asking how you can support them in achieving these.

If you use any of these resources, we would welcome your feedback which you can send by email to our team