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 — and the ability to effectively use — 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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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 ...

The Civic Imagination Fellowship with Civic Hall Labs [UPDATED with video]

I'm excited to share that I've been invited to join Civic Hall Labs as part of their inaugural cohort of ...
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Welcome to Miami Open211

For more than thirty years, Switchboard of Miami has helped residents of Miami-Dade County find information about health and human ...