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API framework self-assessment maturity tool for governments

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This maturity self-assessment tool builds on the API framework proposed by the European Commission APIs4DGov study. The framework structures actions to be taken by organizations to better profit of their API infrastructure. The framework offers twelve ‘proposals’ arranged around four organisational pillars, namely, policy support, platforms and ecosystems, people, and processes. Actions are then structured into the three levels of organisational management, i.e., strategic, tactical and operational.

The twelve proposals, inspired by the European Interoperability Framework (EIF) of the European Commission, were created following an extensive and deep systematic review that assessed available documents on current government API strategies, guidelines, related policies and action plans in digital government and other areas, and private industry best practice guidelines.

Who should use this tool

This tool is intended for the IT leader of a government’s (but also, if needed, of other organisations) digital transformation, digital strategy, digital government or interoperability agenda who needs to prepare a common IT architecture and platform components for delivery of APIs, open data, and shared capabilities services across whole-of-government. This IT leader may choose to complete the checklist with the cross-departmental collaborative body champion or other members of their whole-of-government management team.

How to use this tool

For each of the proposals, a self-assessment checklist has been created, to let governments and public institutions to assess autonomously their maturity with respect to the adoptions of the proposals. At the end of the procedure the tool proposes a final assessment of the framework adoption.

Main author:
Mark Boyd

Lorenzino Vaccari

Lorenzino Vaccari
Monica Posada 
Dietmar Gattwinkel

1.2 (10/07/2020)

Copyright: European Union, 2020