Definition: Strategic benchmarking
Common Assessment Framework (CAF)
Strategic benchmarking is used where organisations seek to improve their overall performance by examining the long-term strategies and general approaches that have enabled high performers to succeed. It involves comparisons of high-level aspects, such as core competencies; the development of new products and services; a change in the balance of activities or an improvement in capabilities for dealing with changes in the background environment.
European Network of National CAF Correspondents, European CAF Resource Centre at the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA), "The Common Assessment Framework (CAF). Improving Public Organisations through Self-Assessment. CAF2013", Maastricht, September 2012