Socitm's research compared the government's comprehensive performance assessment (CPA) of local authorities in England with previous reviews of councils' IT, such as the Best Value inspection programme.
It found that councils with an "above par" Best Value rating for IT are more likely to receive an "excellent" or "good" CPA. Socitm also discovered that those councils with a "below par" IT service have a 50% chance of a "weak" or "poor" assessment.
Martin Greenwood, Socitm's Insight programme manager and the report's author, said the result is a boost for the kudos of local government IT staff. "The report does suggest that there is a link between the contribution of IT and the overall performance of the council," he said.
Socitm's new president, Fahri Zihni, said raising the profile of local government IT managers will be his top priority this year.