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EVAL-INNO: Evaluation in RTDI in SEE

Improving evaluation competencies in SEE

In front of more and more differentiating innovation policy and funding mixes in SEE, which increasingly leverage national budgets and bridge between different policy fields, the absence of sufficient endogenous RTDI evaluation capacities causes a serious bottleneck for the entire innovation management cycle.

Thus, the key objective of EVAL-INNO (Fostering Evaluation Competencies in Research, Technology, and Innovation in the SEE Region) is to strengthen regional as well as national evaluation capacities in order to improve framework conditions for innovation policies, programmes, institutions, and projects. In particular, the project:
+ promote the role of RTDI evaluation as crucial condition for a reflexive learning innovation system
+ develop needed capacities/competencies for comprehensive RTDI evaluations
+ provide procedural and methodological know-how and tool-kits both on the side of evaluators and on the side of awarding authorities

EVAL-INNO focused on capacity building and institutional support. Main target groups are policy-makers and policy-delivery systems, innovation infrastructures, and (potential) RTDI evaluators. An easily accessible and systematically structured Regional RTDI Evaluation Platform was programmed, and then subdivided in four distinct databases which are continuously updated. The Platform serves the information needs of both evaluators and awarding authorities (agencies, ministries). For them, distinct training modules were prepared and implemented with an emphasis on methodological and procedural issues. Special training and knowledge for an optimum use of public procurement for RTDI evaluations and promotion of innovation was provided too. In addition, three RTDI programme evaluations and a comparative benchmarking of intermediary innovation organisations were carried out based on sound methodological designs. Outputs and results of EVAL-INNO were promoted through a large international conference. A business plan for sustaining the Regional RTDI Evaluation Platform based as a fee-based membership system was developed.

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Tags: evaluation, innovation, internationalisation, scientific networks, Southeast Europe

Type: Networks

Program: South East Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme (SEE-Programme)

Project Status: Finished

Submission Date: 09/2010

Start/End: 05/2011 - 04/2014

Project Duration: 36 months

Website: http://www.eval-inno.eu