IJIS is a collaboration network that engages people across industries with similar ideas, issues, and challenges with the mission to drive public sector innovation and empower information sharing to promote safer and healthier communities.
As a society, we can always accomplish more when we join forces collaboratively. Established in 2001, an early version of IJIS Institute (originally operated as the Industry Working Group) was established as a response to challenging public and private sectors experiences with open communications, operational challenges seeking technical solutions, and procurement barriers. IJIS was established with the support of a grant from the US Department of Justice (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) to initially address the needs of justice agencies’ information sharing.
Over two decades, IJIS has evolved to support the public sector needs of not only the justice domain, but homeland security, justice to health communities, health and human services, school safety, transportation and several others. We support policy, operational, technical, training and technical assistance, program management needs, and much more. We have formed a nationwide community of practitioners and technology experts that collectively address the operational challenges of public sector domains enabling information sharing related technology services, products, and solutions to local, tribal, state and federal agencies in the public safety, law enforcement, justice, health, transportation, and homeland security arenas.
For over 20+ years, the IJIS Institute has provided assistance to government agencies by bringing industry to the table in a collaborative role. This ongoing relationship has not only achieved successes at the agency operational level but has resulted in high regard for the companies that are dedicated to helping the public sector find high value solutions.
As a nonprofit organization, the Institute is funded through a combination of federal grants, direct services acquired by state and local agencies, industry contributions, and partnership agreements. Our community is made up of dedicated professionals who are passionate volunteers, key practitioner organizations, national practitioner associations, other nonprofit organizations, and universities that share a united and equal seat at the table to solve problems, collaborate, and innovate to maximize safety, efficiency and productivity within the public sector.