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PSD Launches Benchmarking Initiative for GIS Programs

PSD Launches Benchmarking Initiative for GIS Programs

PSD is not a GIS company or GIS group, but rather a trusted research and consulting organization with more than 15 years of experience providing all levels of government with timely research and insights. Due to the tremendous success of PSD's Open Cities Index (OCI) - a benchmarking initiative for municipal open data programs now in its fourth year - GIS practitioners approached PSD with the idea to launch a similar benchmarking initiative for GIS programs.  
 
The Geospatial Maturity Index (GMI) is the first GIS performance measurement tool of it's kind, serving as a starting point for public sector organizations looking to compare their GIS maturity with other public sector organizations across Canada, and now the world. The GMI is not an overly technical assessment of GIS systems, but rather an assessment of GIS maturity and capacity. URISA's GIS Capability Maturity Model was designed to provide a theoretical model of a capable and mature enterprise GIS program, using 5 maturity levels for measurement. 
 
PSD's Geospatial Maturity Index uses 77 survey questions to capture the GIS maturity of respondents within three categories: Readiness, Implementation, and Impact. The results of this survey will be analyzed and scored according to a predetermined scoring methodology. Each respondent receives a complimentary maturity assessment report, and the aggregated results across all respondents will be published in a public report July 23rd. PSD's GMI is not a maturity model for GIS, but rather a performance measurement tool for public sector organizations. 
 
 
Many government organizations and associations assisted PSD with the development of the GMI. The full list of partners and advisors can be found here on the GMI webpage.
All participants are invited to a results review call, and we welcome feedback to help improve the GMI for 2019.  
 
In addition to the participating in the survey, throughout the year we host quarterly virtual round tables for our members to discuss specific capacity challenges and innovative GIS solutions. 
 
Being able to compare yourself to your peers and having a roadmap to address gaps in your GIS program appear to be the top reasons for public sector organizations to participate in the GMI. 
 
These results provide GIS coordinators with the data needed to advocate for program changes, for additional funding and resources, or simply for greater buy-in for geospatial initiatives.