Open Referral consists of a) a community of practice, b) a data specification, and c) a set of tools and applications that emerge from the former to make use of the latter.

  • Our primary ‘reference implementation’ (i.e. working software that you are free to use and adapt) is the Ohana API: see the Ohana website; get the code at the Ohana Github repo


The primary working documents for the Open Referral Initiative can be viewed and commented upon in this Google Drive folder which you can browse in the embedded window below.


The conceptual framework of the Open Referral Initiative lives in this public document. It is a living document! You can read it below, and please access the document directly to ask questions, suggest changes, and make other comments.