Learning Library

Our Learning Library is intended as a virtual resource center where professionals can go for a broad range of information relating to interoperability, information-sharing and the six domains in which NIC primarily works: human services, education, public health, public safety, health information technology and emergency services. We have vetted and aggregated numerous studies, guidance documents and other materials, which can be sorted in a variety of ways for easy access and use – and we will add resources continually over time. The Learning Library is available to all professionals interested in the subject matter.

To make the Learning Library as robust and beneficial as possible, we welcome recommendations of relevant content that users encounter elsewhere, that they have produced themselves or that they are already utilizing. Please fill out and submit the form below to provide your suggestions and comments, or send an email to info@stewardsofchange.org.

03-17-2018 White Paper

Interoperability for Emergency Services: Bridging the Gap in Communications to Help Prevent Disasters and Save Lives

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has identified interoperability as one of the key national priorities for first responders. As a result, the DHS, the National Guard, US Northern Command, and other federal agencies have joined forces to form the Responder Interoperable Communications Focus group (RICFG) to stress the importance of establishing cross-agency partnerships to enhance coordination, planning, and response.

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03-17-2018 Report

Interoperability Continuum: A Tool for Improving Emergency Response Communications and Interoperability

e Interoperability Continuum is designed to assist emergency response agencies and policy makers to plan and implement interoperability solutions for data and voice communications. This tool identifies five critical success elements that must be addressed to achieve a sophisticated interoperability solution: governance, standard operating procedures (SOPs), technology, training and exercises, and usage of interoperable communications. Jurisdictions across the Nation can use the Interoperability Continuum to track progress in strengthening interoperable communications.

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