5 Institutional Strategic ICT Self-Analysis and Improvement Framework

5.1 Introduction

The institutional self-analysis section of the SICT Toolkit offers a review of your institution's current maturity in deploying strategic ICT. It may be completed to generate an assessment for the institution, or any part thereof, as defined by your project scope.

A set of questionnaires, organised by strategic enabler, are available for completion selectively by enabler or in total. The full questionnaire will take about 30 minutes to complete. No prior preparation is required but should you wish to refine or change your input you can revisit and revise your self-analysis later. Should you feel unable to answer a question the knowledge base for the appropriate 'enabler' will explain the context further and you can investigate your institutional position to assure accuracy or use the 'don't know' option.

The maturity is reported at the institutional level supported by the selected 'enablers'. In addition, the self-analysis is used to identify opportunities for institutional development and improvement together with an indication of good practice. An objective of this analysis is to provide feedback on maturity that identifies areas for further investigation within the subsequent stages of your project. The self-analysis part of the SICT Toolkit is flexibly structured to complement your chosen project methodology from project initiation to close.

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* These activities lend themselves to facilitated discussions or workshops

The approach is based on your definition of scope, objectives and issues and supported by analyses of current maturity that will identify and inform areas for your project investigation and review. With a project sponsor and stakeholders to reflect your scope and objectives the project can establish the preferred opportunities, recommendations for change and inform a business case for change.

Alternatively, the self-analysis tools contained in sections 4 and 5 can be used selectively to generate a range of maturity analyses with suggestions as to where there may be potential for improvements. So if you just want a quick interactive assessment go to section 5.3, otherwise the following will inform your project.