Topic of the practice
Evalution and benchmarking approach for innovation policy measures
Good Practice Information
The IMPACTSCAN project provides a method and tool for regional policy-makers to analyse and evaluate the impact of the regional innovation policy. It has been developed and tested by 7 agencies dealing with innovation policy in the following 7 European regions (Flanders, Lower Austria, Brittany, Madrid, Limburg, Lower Silesia, Slovenia) and co-funded by the European Commission.
IMPACTSCAN provides a monitoring and impact assessment system, allowing regional authorities to get a clearer picture of public support to innovation in their region, and to take decisions to improve the effectiveness of this support system. IMPACTSCAN focuses on the role of intermediaries in charge of innovation.
Through its international dimension, providing analyses for several regions in a standardised way, IMPACTSCAN offers possibilities for comparing across regional systems, and can notably open views
to a variety of intermediary models, for those regions that are newcomers in the field. To allow for trans-national comparisons, standardisation of analyses is proposed through the use of common typologies and rules, tested during the pilot phase.
The tool is sufficiently standardised to allow cross-regions comparisons, but it also allows for flexibility in its use, in order to accommodate differences between regional contexts. The full deployment of the tool is to be done by each region, taking into account own constraints (notably budgetary), already available information, and integrating more specific questions of particular importance for its innovation support system. Hence, the present standardised tool provides a common core for regional analyses as well as for inter-regional benchmarking, and allows for more detailed or customised use to respond to specific regional needs.
Evidence of success
IMPACT scan is an innovation policy evaluation tool. Its success can not directly be measured in economical or scientific impact. The tool and methodology help to get insight in the effectiveness of innovation support measures. It's success has to be evaluated by the feedback the tool and methodology provide to the policy level. In the IMPACTSCAN project 7 European regions successfully used the tool to analyse and benchmark their innovation policy. After the project more than 70 other organisations downloaded the tool and manual. The structured matrix approach and objective calculation procedure is considered an added value to better understand and compare the efficiency of different policy measures. The context benchmarking tool is considered a very useful tool to explain differences in performance between different regions.
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
IWT Flanders' Innovation Agency
Annex completed on: 04-26-2011