Why we are here

The Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing is an innovative collaboration between local and central government. It provides support to a number of organisations encountering information sharing issues across policy areas that are affected by public sector reform.

The Centre of Excellence is supported by a wide range of central government departments and its agencies, including the Department of Health, the Department for Work and Pensions, the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Home Office and the Information Commissioner’s Office.

However, its main focus is on the practical, on-the-ground solutions that break down information sharing barriers by providing managers and practitioners with stories, case studies and everyday materials to help them resolve issues in their own areas.

Where we came from

The Improving Information Sharing and Management (IISaM) project was a joint initiative between Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Leicestershire County Council and the 10 local authorities in Greater Manchester. It ran from January 2012 to mid-2013 and was supported by central government, the Local Government Association, the Information Commissioner’s Office and others.

The work of the IISaM project demonstrated that locally identified information sharing barriers were applicable across other policy areas and in other geographic locations. This conclusion was supported by central government and the Centre of Excellence was consequently developed to build on the IISaM experiences.