Andrew Blum, director of learning and evaluation at USIP, observed that even domestic data-gathering projects may have lessons for peacebuilding. For example, efforts to gain information on immigrants or families with at-risk children have many commonalities with peacebuilding data-gathering efforts. Collaborations among organizations doing different kinds of data sharing and dissemination would enable the sharing of lessons learned and best practices.
At the end of the session, Roman stressed the importance of incentives for different parties to share information. New capabilities depend critically on improving the information flow among .org, .gov, and .com information domains. Thus, collaboration in a decentralized framework will be essential to the creation of data-sharing mechanisms for peacebuilding.