Statewide Automated Victim Information & Notification (SAVIN)
A SAVIN program is a network of solutions and activities that embody the planning, governance, administration, technology, implementation, execution, and ongoing management of crime victim information and notification services and not a particular service provider system application, as is often believed. State and local law enforcement; courts; state, community, and county corrections; and victim service professionals must all effectively share information in order to provide relevant, timely, and accurate offender and case status information to crime victims and their families.
In support of SAVIN, the IJIS Institute:
- Developed the Victim Notification Service Specification Package (SSP) and piloted the Information Exchange Package Document (IEPD).
- To download the SSP, please go to the OJP's Global Reference Architecture (GRA) page.
- Supports the SAVIN provider community by serving as a member of the National SAVIN Training & Technical Assistance Team with NCJA, Justice Solutions (JS), and BJA
- Provides technology assistance services to state, local and tribal agencies through the SAVIN Technology Assistance Project (S-TAP)
- Developed the original SAVIN Guidelines & Standards document and continues to be involved in the work of updating the current version
Draft: SAVIN Guidelines and Standards (updated 12/14/2012)
SAVIN Technology Assistance Project (S-TAP)
The S-TAP is designed to provide guidance for adoption of information sharing standards for SAVIN systems and to provide technology assistance services to state, local and tribal agencies. Through a grant from BJA and in collaboration with NCJA, the S-TAP leverages the framework and methodology of the existing and successful Technology Assistance (TA) program currently employed by the IJIS Institute to help address the acquisition, transition and deployment of standards-based technology solutions for SAVIN programs. The adoption of national information sharing standards by SAVIN programs will directly benefit victims of crime as a result of the availability of more accurate and timely information on offenders who pose a potential threat to the safety of victims, their families, and their communities.
Examples of situations that could benefit from S-TAP assistance include, but are not limited to:
- If your SAVIN system is still in the early stages of planning, design or development, a TA engagement could assist you to better understand and adopt basic technologies that can be used to achieve your programmatic goals.
- If you are getting started or even if you have already implemented a SAVIN system, an S-TAP TA engagement could provide you with advice on how specific technologies are used to send, receive, and share data, (e.g. how XML can be used to share data across multiple information technology platforms).
- If you are managing the technology for your SAVIN system, an S-TAP engagement could assist you with the challenges of keeping electronic data secure when multiple agencies are sharing data over wide-area networks and through Internet connectivity.
- If you have legacy SAVIN systems that you are looking to upgrade, an S-TAP engagement could assist you with ideas for converting applications to less expensive, newer, faster, and more reliable web services applications.
- If you are interested in using national information sharing standards such as Global Reference Architecture (GRA), National Information Exchange Model (NIEM), Global Federated Identity and Privilege Management (GFIPM), privacy and security, etc. in your SAVIN system, an S-TAP engagement could assist you with gaining a better understanding of what standards apply, why they are important, and the value they add to your system.
If you are interested in receiving SAVIN Technology Assistance, please submit a SAVIN National Training & Technical Assistance Request form.
Stephanie Cassavaugh, Senior Project Manager
Email: stephanie.cassavaugh [at] ijis.org
Greg Trump, Senior Project Manager
Email: greg.trump [at] ijis.org
Cabell Cropper, Executive Director
Email: ccropper [at] ncja.org
Tom Talbot, Policy Advisor
Bureau of Justice Assistance
Email: Thomas.Talbot [at] usdoj.gov