Selecting a Database

Choosing a new database is a big decision with long-term impact on a program’s ability to manage and protect survivor information. When choosing a database, you need to consider more than whether this database will meet my needs (collect and store the information that I need it to and export this information into reports) but also other very important considerations, such as confidentially obligations, security designs, privacy requirements, and more. This page includes resources and information on how you can select the best database for your program. 

How To Choose A Database

The following are handouts and a recording on what to consider when choosing a database.

Which Databases Should I Consider for My Domestic /Sexual Violence Program?

Safety Net and Confidentiality Institute want programs to make fully informed decisions about which database best suits the specific needs of the program. While we do not endorse nor veto any database product, we do offer technical assistance about the pros and cons of a particular database when used to manage survivor information.  

To that end, we have invited database vendors to complete a detailed 7-page questionnaire about their databases. The topics in the questionnaire include (1) customization, (2) privacy and safety, (3) support, (4) data retention, (5) ownership and control, (6) reports and report designer, (7) access to data, (8) data storage methods, and (9) company history and standard contract terms.  Posted below are the questionnaires completed by each vendor. In addition, some vendors have submitted supplemental materials about their services. These can also be found below.

Before watching the database features presentation interview videos, watch the introduction video first to understand the questions asked and the layout of the interview.