ACF Interoperability Initiative - Overview

The ACF Interoperability Initiative provides leadership and technical support to increase the capacity and efficiency of social service data systems to share data in a consistent, reliable manner. These efforts include creating common vocabularies for more consistent capture of data, providing best practices for interoperability architecture planning and system integration, and understanding and mitigating risks associated with the privacy and confidentiality of the information.

ACF leads the human services domain for the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM), a tool for harmonizing and linking data across organizations. ACF developed the National Human Services Interoperability Architecture (NHSIA) as a starting point for states and other large organizations to plan for data sharing across a heterogeneous technology environment. The ACF Confidentiality Toolkit is a reference guide for implementers to better understand the myriad rules for use of data and how to incorporate privacy and security protections from the ground up.

The Division of Data and Improvement (DDI) in ACF’s Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation oversees ACF’s Interoperability Initiative. For additional details, visit the ACF Interoperability page.