MAREVA Methodology

MAREVA is a successful and innovative methodology to assess the value of public sector transformation projects. It helps administrations in prioritizing initiatives, managing them (evaluating alternatives, commitment of project leaders on concrete objectives) and building knowledge for further projects to optimize their value. MAREVA was launched in 2005 by the French eGovernment Agency (ADAE)and has been developed in parallel with the implementation of a new French law on public finances (the LOLF) which changes the state's budgetary processes and performance management. MAREVA contributes to serve the purpose of shifting public administrations towards a result-based management of budgets, as it helps to provide a more-balanced assessment of costs and benefits, value and risk as a way to better prioritize and manage project portfolios.[1]

Mareva methodology is a method for analysis of impact of various government e-services. It is based on “return on investment (ROI) calculations for large public projects and comparable approaches in the private sector”. Since this approach is based on ROI it is focused on four main aspects. First one is focusing on investment objectives and their alignment with missions of the investor. Second, it monitors if the level of risk is acceptable for the project that is carried out. Method is focused on different types of risks: human, financial, technical,organizational, etc. Third aspect is related to clear definition of project benefits and goals,their appropriate indicators showing realization progress. At last, Mareva is focusing on expected benefits and their coverage of investment and costs. As such Mareva is considered as predefined method and tool to assess value of an e-government project. It has a more holistic approach which is focusing on project profitability and applies consistent evaluation of e-administration projects in which it takes into consideration both external and internal aspects.Monitored external aspects are based on benefits for individual users (ie. citizens), as well as organizations and business entities, while internal aspects are based on elements of public sector employees and public administration.With ROI Mareva methodology is focusing on key elements for comparison of projects and risk control.[2]

MAREVA Methodology
source: ADAE,

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  1. What is MAREVA Methodology?
  2. The Croatian Case Neven Vrče