Welcome to Open Referral

We develop data standards and open platforms that make it easy to share and find information about community resources.

Our Vision

The vision of Open Referral is a world where everyone has access to ā€” and the ability to effectively use ā€” information about the resources that are available in their community.

Pilot Projects

Open Referral's pilot projects use our common data format to improve the ways in which people can find information about human services. Learn about these projects here.



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Crisis Text Line: lives in the balance

This guest post is from Rebecca Kan, the head of referrals for Crisis Text Line. Iā€™m not safe. I have ...

OpenCIOC: Exploring New Models for Sharing and Collaboration

This post is from Kate Lambacher, the principal of KCL Software Solutions, Inc and lead maintainer of OpenCIOC.org. Since 1999, ...

Making Complexity Friendly

This is a guest post from SIMLab. Last year, SIMLab completed a project [discussed previously on this blog] with DC ...
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Open Referral in Ontario: A Big Step Forward

[This guest post is from Karen Milligan, the new executive director of Ontario 211. Welcome, Karen!] Last month, iCarol announced ...