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Effective Strategies for Information Integration

The following core set of strategies are being employed in the initiatives examined in this study to deal with and overcome key barriers to information integration in the justice enterprise.

Retain autonomy of the involved agencies

A strategy regularly adopted in the cases studied is the recognition and retention of the autonomy of different agencies involved in the integration initiative. As a group, members of each initiative made decisions together, but the members were respectful of individual agency decisions concerning each agency’s information and infrastructure. An example of this is the Colorado Integrated Criminal Justice Information System (CICJIS). Each agency participating in the initiative maintained its own legacy system and made most of the decisions pertaining to the information contained within it.

This kind of integration strategy was employed in the cases studied, and was seen as a first step to more comprehensive and integrated projects requiring process or infrastructure integration.