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LOSI is a joint initiative of UN DESA & UNU-EGOV that started in 2018
The objective of this page is to introduce you about the Local Online Service Index (LOSI) and how you can apply LOSI methodology in your own country.
One effective way to improve e-government is to regularly assess government portals. As more people live in cities and access the Internet from urban areas, it follows that local government portals must be able to accommodate larger numbers of users. A well-functioning portal can make a city more livable and local government more responsive, which can in turn make residents happier. UN DESA and UNU-EGOV have designed, maintain and apply Local Online Service Index (LOSI)methodology to assess local government portals.
Due to limited resources, UN DESA and UNU-EGOV are able to apply the LOSI methodology to the most populous cities in 193 UN Member States. The selection of the most populous city is taken in order to reach as many residents as possible. However, it is noted that there is a strong interest to apply LOSI methodology to more cities in a single country.
To achieve this need, UN DESA and UNU-EGOV invite interested institutions, which have self-sustained resources and capacities to support the process, to partner and apply LOSI methodology within a single country, signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). It is our expectation that more cities will utilize the LOSI methodology, be part of the LOSI network, and help other cities that may go through similar challenges.
Watch the following video to learn more about the LOSI Network.
The LOSI Network has an open Google Group tailored for local government officials and enthusiasts dedicated to advancing e-government initiatives at the local level. If you’re interested, click on the button below and ask to join the LOSI Network.
Due to limited resources, UN DESA and UNU-EGOV was able to apply the LOSI methodology only to the most populous cities in 193 UN Member States. The selection of the most populous city was taken in order to reach as many residents as possible. However, it is noted that there was a strong interest to apply LOSI methodology to more cities in a single country. To achieve this need, UN DESA finalized a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) legal document, and partnered with some institutions to run some LOSI pilots within a single country. So far, three pilots have been run in Brazil, Jordan and Palestine. These pilots, in partnership with other institutions, applied the LOSI methodology for various cities in each of these countries. The results of these studies can be seen at the end of this website.
There were also independent studies undertaken in China and Ecuador using the LOSI methodology. These initiatives are taken by academics who referred to the LOSI methodology explained in previous editions of UN E-Government Surveys. It is our expectation that more cities will utilize the LOSI methodology, be part of the LOSI network, and help other cities that may go through similar challenges.
For more details about the LOSI, please review Chapter 3 of the United Nations E-Government Survey 2022 and Chapter 4 of the United Nations E-Government Survey 2020. You can find the reports under Reports menu.
Partner institutions (either Member State or non-Member State) who would like to use LOSI methodology, needs to complete and sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with relevant details which will enable them to use the LOSI methodology, in consultation with UN DESA and UNU-EGOV, and would provide for a license of the LOSI Data Analysis to be granted the UN, for its research and academic purposes.
Please use the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) template below:
After the successful completion of LOSI pilot project, outcome shall be reported using the template document here.
Applying the LOSI methodology in your country is expected to yield several positive outcomes, including:
Policy Guidance: The methodology provides insights for areas that need improvement, offering valuable information to inform policy decisions and enhance local e-government services.
Enhanced Access: The application of the LOSI methodology contributes to improving people's access to better online services at both national and local levels.
Capacity Building: Public officials from national and local governments benefit from capacity building on how to assess e-government development at the local level.
Accountability: The index promotes transparency and accountability by offering a standardized evaluation framework, enabling the monitoring of progress over time.
Benchmarking: Countries can benchmark their digital government performance against global best practices, fostering healthy competition and facilitating the exchange of knowledge.
International Collaboration: It encourages collaboration among nations, facilitating the sharing of experiences, expertise, and resources to advance e-government capabilities at the local level.
Upon completion of the LOSI Pilot assessment and availability of results, UN DESA/UNU-EGOV informs the concerned national and local government entities in the studied country about the project’s outcomes. Additionally, capacity building activities with policymakers at the national/local levels may be organized to ensure effective dissemination of the methodology's process and implications. For more detailed information, refer to our projects and reports below.
UN DESA welcomes collaboration in applying LOSI methodology in different countries. Interested parties are encouraged to send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assessment of city e-government websites shall be made through Online E-Government Assessment Platform provided by UN DESA.
Assessors will need to send their First Name, Last Name and Email information to UN DESA/DPIDG team beforehand in order to receive their login credentials. Please see the link here to login: https://publicadministration.un.org/egovsurvey
Click here access the final report "Application of LOSI methodology in Uzbekistan, 2023"
Losi Application in Agartala, Ahmedabad, Aizawl,Banglore,Bhubaneshwar,Chandigarh,Chennai,Dehradun,Dimapur, Hyderabad,Mumbai,New Delhi,Panjim,Patna,Port Blair,Puducherry,Silvassa and Srinagar
Click here access the final report "Application of LOSI methodology in India, 2023"
Losi Application in São Paulo,Curitiba,São Bernardo do Campo,Belo Horizonte,Santo André,Fortaleza,Natal,Sorocaba
Campo Grande,Goiânia,Niterói,Osasco,Recife,Rio de Janeiro,Campinas,São Jose dos Campos,Boa Vista,Salvador
Aracaju,Brasília,Cuiabá,Manaus,Belém,Porto Alegre,Teresina,Vila Velha,Caxias do Sul,Guarulhos,Joinville, Maceió,
Vitoria,Campos dos Goytacazes,Londrina,Ribeirão Preto,São Luis,Contagem,Nova Iguaçu, São Gonçalo,Florianópolis,
João Pessoa,Serra,Feira de Santana,Jaboatão dos Guararapes,Macapá,Palmas, Aparecida de Goiânia,Porto Velho,
Juiz de Fora,Duque de Caxias,Belford Roxo,Rio Branco and Ananindeua
Click here access the final report "Application of LOSI methodology in Brazil, 2023"
Losi Webiner Series - January 25th, 2023
LOSI Application in Amman,Irbid,AlZarqa,AlMafraq,Maan,AlQuweera,Jerash,AlFuhays,Madaba,AlDolail,Sahab,Naour, AlJeeza,Ainalbasha,AlRussifah,AlKarak,As-Salt,Deiralla.
Click here to access the final report "Application of LOSI methodology in Jordan, 2022"
LOSI Webinar Series – September 7, 2022
LOSI Application in West Bank: Abu Dis, al-Bireh, Beit Jala, Beit Sahour, Bethlehem, Halhul, Hebron (al-Khalil), Jenin, Jericho, Nablus, Qalqilya, Ramallah, Tubas, Tulkarm & Gaza Strip: Beit Hanoun, Beit Lahia, Gaza City (Ghazzah), Jabalia, Khan Yunis, Rafah
Click here to access the final report "Application of LOSI methodology in Palestine, 2022"
LOSI Webiner Series Episode 3 - June 21, 2023