Research Policy & Development


Practical Regional Innovation Policy in Action

Good practice exchange on regional innovation policy

In Pro-Act, four old and four new member states of the EU (Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands, the UK, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia) joined forces in search of best practices of regional innovation policy implementation. The main analytical method was process benchmarking in order to summarise the effective tools and methods of regional innovation policy implementation, and to explore coordination possibilities between the developed and less developed EU regions’ innovation policy in general.

The project (i) identified the links between regional needs and regional innovation policy formation, (ii) identified and disseminated benchmarks of regional innovation policy implementation, (iii) analysed international relationships of the regions and drew a joint declaration showing concrete steps of how the regional policy makers would like to use the project results in the near future, (iv) published a book and presented the benchmarks for regional innovation policy implementation as well as examples of best practices at international thematic workshops and an international conference.

The workshop topics were: regional innovation policy implementation processes and best regional innovation policy practices. The conference created a wider publicity for the Pro-Act network and the book, which summarised the benchmarks as well as the cases of policy practice.


Section: Research Policy & Development


Tags: regional development

Type: Research

Program: Regions of Knowledge (FP6)

Submission Date: 07/2005

Project Status: Finished

Start/End: 01/2006 - 12/2007

Project Duration: 24 months