Topic of the practice
Regional Innovation Policy Governance
Good Practice Information
Between 2006 and 2008, in order to implement the benchmarking tool developed within the European project Impactscan, Bretagne Innovation set up several new-to-the region data collection schemes:
-a grid to analyse regional government’s innovation budget
-a intermediary questionnaire analysing service portfolio through full-time equivalent share per type of activities and collecting self-assessment of their impact on SMEs’ innovation capacity
-a SMEs questionnaire on innovation process, use of the support infrastructure, perception of innovation project impact on business performance and assessment of support services impact on their innovation capacity. Main stakeholders involved : 3 centres for Innovation and technology transfer, the 11 technical centres of Bretagne and the regional Government. The development of each schem 0,8 FTE for two years, the whole process was backed by a steering comittee, with meeting every four
month over two years.
Key success factor : close relations with innovation support organizations, interest for the results of the tool on their part and involvement of the regional government ; existence of a third party that enables the process and technically able to handle the Impact Scan methodology.
Evidence of success
Results of the data processing and lessons learnt from the benchmarking activities were major inputs when debating over and writing the diagnosis for the first Regional Innovation Plan for Bretagne adopted in Dec. 2008. At the strategic level the exercise enables stakeholders to share a clear and figure-based picture of a complex regional innovation support system. The government was asked to point out what it considers as “innovation-related” expenditures within its overall budget. The respective weights of interface categories and their service portfolio could be objectively presented and discussed. Both self-assessment and view of beneficiaries firms on impact were visually compared.
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Annex completed on: 03-15-2011