Data sharing between organizations addressing social risk factors has the potential to amplify impact by increasing direct service capacity and efficiency. Unfortunately, the risks of and restrictions on sharing personal data often limit this potential, and adherence to regulations such as HIPAA and FERPA can make data sharing a significant challenge.
DASH CIC-START awardee Restore Hope Ministries worked with Asemio to utilize technology that allows for the analysis of personally identifiable information while preserving clients’ privacy. The collaboration shared their findings in a new white paper that describes the process of using multi-party computation technology to answer questions that can aid service providers in exploring the barriers that underserved populations may be facing. The first question they asked: what is the overlap of populations served by two distinct organizations? The results of the overlap analysis confirmed that a significant opportunity exists to increase access to services for a subset of individuals through better outreach.