Illinois Criminal Justice Information
Authority receives award
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InfoNet project honored for innovation in
[NOV. 22, 2004]
CHICAGO -- The Illinois
Criminal Justice Information Authority's InfoNet project received
the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Public Innovator Award Friday.
The award honors public sector teams
that have developed creative and unique solutions to improve service
delivery, address problems and demonstrate measurable results. The
six projects receiving this award serve as "best practices" for
innovation in public service.
"It is an honor to receive this award," said Lori G. Levin,
executive director of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information
Authority. "ICJIA is dedicated to enhancing victim services with
cutting-edge technology. This award symbolizes our agency's efforts
to apply innovative strategies that will improve the criminal
justice system's response to crime victims in Illinois."
InfoNet is a state-of-the-art, Web-based data collection system used
by victim service providers across Illinois. Data is transmitted
between users and the agency's database via a virtual private
network that utilizes data encryption to securely transfer data over
collaborated with the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence
and the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault to develop the
automated data collection tool in an effort to promote and
effectively coordinate data collection by service providers who
assist sexual assault and domestic violence victims.
Implemented in 2003, InfoNet has
gained national recognition for deploying the latest technologies to
enhance data collection and reporting efforts, while creating a
unique set of victim service data. The Illinois Criminal Justice
Information Authority works with service providers, state
coalitions, and other state agencies and funders to maintain the
system and use the data to inform and improve the response to
victims of crime in Illinois.
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More than 100 domestic violence and
sexual assault programs access InfoNet from more than 140 sites
across Illinois. This year, the system also was made accessible to
36 child advocacy centers in the state.
Agencies recognized by the Richard
H. Driehaus Foundation were awarded for innovation in the categories
of "Physical Design," "E-Governance" and "Capacity Building." The
awards were presented at the 15th annual Government Assistance
Program luncheon. GAP works exclusively with government agencies to
encourage and strengthen their capacity to deliver excellent
services to their constituents. The program is a nonprofit
organization established in 1989 and located at DePaul University.
The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
supports the arts, architecture and design. The foundation is also
committed to efforts that encourage and celebrate the enhancement of
services and the development of groundbreaking programs in
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