There are various tools for assessing different aspects of an open data initiative. Some assess the capabilities of a country or organisation to implement an open data initiative. Others measure the ongoing implementation of an initiative, or the quality of the data being published. Others evaluate the impact created by open data.

How to support the capacity of open data initiatives with assessment tools reviews existing open data assessment tools, to support organisations, researchers, open data leaders, and global development practitioners in conducting assessments to build capacity of open data initiatives.

The report answers three key research questions:

  1. What is the rationale for using open data assessment tools?
  2. What are the different tools available for conducting capacity assessments, and what are their key features?
  3. How effective are assessment tools currently designed for building capacity of open data initiatives?

The report looks specifically at how assessment tools can be used to provide useful insights into the progress, opportunities, risks and challenges of implementing an open data initiative – whether at the national, regional or city level.

This report was supported by the Open Data for Development (OD4D) programme, a partnership funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the World Bank, The UK Department for International Development (DfID), and Global Affairs Canada (GAC).