Return on investment

The European Union Location Framework Blueprint is a guidance framework for 'location-enabling' digital government. The framework is divided into five focus areas. This section presents the focus area “Return on investment”. It outlines a 'current state' assessment and 'future state' vision, and practical recommendations, 'how to' checklists, and best practice references are provided. 

Current state

There are inefficiencies in collection, publication and use of location information and growth opportunities with increased availability of re-usable data. There is insufficient understanding of the usefulness and value of location information. Infrastructure investments, such as INSPIRE or SDIs, are difficult to justify and there is limited evidence of actual benefits. However, some specific examples do spell out the value of investment in key datasets or particular applications. Funding models are not always clear, particularly where many parties contribute to and derive benefit from the infrastructure. Only some procurement refers to INSPIRE and, when it does, it is not always clear what this means. 



There is a strategic approach to national and European funding, procurement, and delivery of location information and location-based services to minimise costs and maximise benefits for government, businesses and citizens, recognising best practices, and building on INSPIRE and standardisation tools. The funding and sourcing model for collection and distribution of core location data takes into account user needs from different sectors and the strategic importance of continued supply of data at a suitable quality. Procurement recognises INSPIRE and other standardisation tools in a meaningful way. There are compelling impact assessments and business cases, a rigorous approach to targeting and tracking benefits, and good evidence that benefits are being achieved.



Recommendation 14 Apply a consistent and systematic approach to monitoring the performance of location-based services
Recommendation 15 Communicate the benefits of integrating and using location information in digital public services
Recommendation 16 Facilitate the use of public administrations’ location data by non-governmental actors to stimulate innovation in products and services and enable job creation and growth


Nature of documentation: Official reports and studies


Type of document
European Union Public License, Version 1.1 or later (EUPL) 
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