Data sharing agreements provide partners with important guidance for some of the most essential functions of their work together. Good agreements address the distinct concerns of each side and contribute to the formation and maintenance of trust between partners.

In general, data sharing agreements allow partnerships to acknowledge and address sensitive concerns, establish expectations and processes, and keep data secure. While the formality and specificity of such agreements vary, most cover fundamental topics such as how and with whom data will be shared and what protocols will be established for working with data and communicating about findings.