Many quantitative data elements required by PbS can be found in existing state or agency information systems. An API gives software developers the tools and information needed to create a program that sends data from the existing data system over to PbS. PbS’ API is completely free. The API accepts incident data, youth record data and administrative data. To get started:
- Contact your IT staff. The API is a REST based transfer of JSON data via HTTP so you should make sure that your agency has a developer familiar with this process.
- Build a team that includes members of your IT staff as well as facility staff who are familiar with the PbS process.
- Map data elements to determine how much data required by PbS exists.
Resources available for working with the API include a Software Development Kit (SDK), well-written documentation, a working demo application for .NET developers and technical support from the PbS.