Integrated data systems exist in order to because providers, researchers, and executive leaders come together with the goal of answering complex questions about how social services can more effectively and efficiently meet the needs of the public. Because of this, integrating data is a process of evaluation, discovery, and improvement by stakeholders with various perspectives. It’s important to note that the main focus of an integrated data system is NOT technology. Rather, the essence of an IDS lies in partnerships across different stakeholder groups that seek to set priorities, lead inquiry, and translate results into actionable intelligence that improves policy and practice. An integrated data SYSTEM is primarily composed of RELATIONSHIPS among a group of individuals committed to improving services for the public.