Governance Models for Sharing and Re-use

Published on: 05/03/2014
Last update: 19/10/2017

This study report “Governance models for Sharing and Re-use” presents real life cases of sharing and re-use among public administrations, with their benefits and drawbacks. The 10 cases’ description focuses on the governing models for the common IT solutions. (These cases are also described according to their cost model, in the document “Business Models for Sharing and Re-use”.)


The document shows a wide variety of types of collaboration at national, European or regional levels, with formal or less formal governance models. It aims at gathering feedback from the field on how administrations collaborate. For some cases, governance models are less developed, and the description focuses on the mechanisms for agreements put in place. 


The document presents in section 2 examples of models and incentives to either develop a tool in order to share it, or to re-use an existing tool. Section 3 provides examples of presents cost models and rational to develop shared IT services. Section 4 gives examples of “shared developments”, with models of collaboration for the development and maintenance of specific common solutions.


The study draws a series of conclusions regarding the importance (or not) of strong governance mechanisms based on the analysis of these 10 successful and diverse approaches, and identifies efficient collaboration mechanisms, with different levels of formalism.


Among these collaboration mechanisms, the study identifies a series of needed agreements between public administrations. Related to the findings of this study, the “Templates and guidelines for agreements between public administrations for collaboration” are provided in a separate document.


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