Every IT leader is naturally interested in comparing his or her own institution´s costs, volumes and performance figures with peers. BencHEIT is a EUNIS task force and an annually repeating study where participating universities collect key figures of their IT operations to be able to position themselves, to recognise best practises and to see if their IT is as effective – or better – than elsewhere.
BencHEIT is a European level voluntary study on a non-commercial basis. Fairly similar studies exist elsewhere as well, most notably the Core Data Service study of Educause in USA, but BencHEIT is the first serious European level effort to create a questionnaire which would be meaningful and useful in the European higher education context. BencHEIT started as a country-wide Finnish initiative supported by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, but now functions on a Pan-European level. BencHEIT works on the basis of voluntary work and total openness – every participating university or higher education institute can see all the data of all other participants, but commercial use of the data is prohibited.