Economic Studies for GIS Operations

NSGIC's Data Sharing Work Group researched ROI and CBA methodologies during 2012 and 2013, to develop the following reference library and general advice for GIS professionals. The Work Group members hope that this information will be used to help improve data sharing and maintain open access to government geospatial data.

Economic Studies for GIS Operations
(2013 - 6 page PDF)
This document was produced by the Work Group. The remaining documents on this page supported the Work Group's review of the issues.

        A Primer for Understanding Benefit-Cost Analysis (2011 - 18 page PDF)
        Provided by the Benefit Cost Center, The Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington

Eight Methodologies Listed in this Report

An Analysis of Benefits from use of Geographic Information Systems by King County, Washington (2012 - 38 page PDF)
Richard Zerbe and Associates for King County, Washington

Applying a benefits driven approach to GIS implementation (2008 - 5 page PDF)
PA Consulting Group. For more information, contact

Benefits and Costs of the Digital Coast (2012 - 16 page PDF)
Jeffery Adkins, NOAA Coastal Services Center

Estimating GIS Return on Investment the Empirical Way (2011 - 18 page PDF)

National Enhanced Elevation Assessment, The Benefits of a National Program (2013 - HTML)
Dewberry under contract to U.S. Geological Survey

Spatial information in the New Zealand economy - Realising productivity gains (2009 - HTML for Executive Summary and 144 page PDF)
ACIL Tasman for Land Information New Zealand, the Department of Conservation and the Ministry of Economic Development

The Business Benefits of GIS: An ROI Approach (2008 - HTML Overview to Access 258 page PDF)
ESRI Press.

The Economic Contribution of Ordnance Survey GB (1999 - 50 page PDF)
Oxford Economic Research Associates Ltd for British Ordnance Survey