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EVAL-INNO: Fostering Evaluation Competencies in Research, Technology and Innovation in the SEE Region

The key objective of the EVAL-INNO project is to strengthen regional as well as national RTDI evaluation capacities in order to improve framework conditions for innovation policies, programmes, institutions and projects.

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Contact: Martin Felix GAJDUSEK , Linke Wienzeile 246, 1150 Wien, Rakúsko, gajdusek@zsi.at

PROJECT DETAILS:

The key objective of the EVAL-INNO project is to strengthen regional as well as national RTDI evaluation capacities in order to improve framework conditions for innovation policies, programmes, institutions and projects. EVAL-INNO focuses on capacity building and institutional support. Main target groups are policy-makers and policy-delivery systems, innovation infrastructures and (potential) RTDI evaluators. The project aim is to promote the role of RTDI evaluation as crucial condition for a reflexive learning innovation system and develop needed capacities/competencies for comprehensive RTDI evaluations.


 

PROJECT RESULTS:

Research, Technological Development and Innovation Evaluation Standards (Research/Study)

The evaluation standards aim to contribute to the improved implementation and exploitation of Research, Technological Development and Innovation (RTDI) measures by promoting meaningful evaluation procedures to foster strategic intelligence building and evidence-based decision-making in the field of science, technology and innovation (STI) policy. The evaluation standards provide information about the purposes and characteristic of evaluations in the field of STI. They introduce an internationally acknowledged terminology and evaluation theory framework, guide users in practical issues concerning governance, conduct and use of RTDI evaluations. A good culture of evaluation is both a pre-requisite for and a consequence of good policy: in other words, the process must be efficient, transparent and fair[1]

 

Developing RTDI evaluation culture in South East Europe (Research/Study)

This publication was edited in the framework of the project EVAL-INNO. The final publication highlights the strategic importance of evaluations, which are challenged by increasingly differentiated innovation policy and funding mixes, and are made all the more important by progressively more leveraged national budgets for research, technological development and innovation, as well as the need to develop and evaluate policies which bridge traditional policy fields. This publication presents the tangible evidence of the progress made by the EVAL-INNO project, and also provides insight into the trends of current RTDI evaluation. It stresses the need for similar initiatives in future. In the first part, the reader is introduced to the topic with an exhaustive comparative study on the contemporary evaluation culture in Austria, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Montenegro, and Serbia. The second part of the publication presents the main achievements of the EVAL-INNO project, including: the RTDI Evaluation Standards; The EVAL-INNO Evaluation Platform; the capacity-building trainings; the benchmarking of RTDI public research organisations in six different countries of the region, and the pilot programme evaluations in Hungary, Montenegro and Serbia. The third part of the publication presents some concrete evaluation examples from the SEE region.[2]

 

RTDI programme evaluation guidelines (Methodology/Guidelines)

The main objective of the report is to support the organisations in the South-East European countries, responsible for commissioning RTDI programme evaluation, in making the most important decisions and taking the necessary steps for managing viable, relevant and good quality RTDI programme evaluation. In the first chapter, the concepts used throughout the Guidelines are presented. These help decision makers to position the intended RTDI programme evaluation and determine which steps, decision making points, challenges and methodologies will be relevant for the given case. The second chapter presents the ways to enforce the six most important principles of RTDI programme evaluation. The next chapter provides a start-kit for the basic methodological design that assist in requesting the appropriate evaluation methodologies. Finally, the last chapter provides guidance on how to manage RTDI programme evaluations as a process.[3]

 

Public Procurement in SEE Innovation Evaluations: Comparative and Needs Assessment Study (Research/Study)

This report aims to present and discuss the results of a study on the SEE countries innovation evaluation practices. The objective of this report is to analyse the way RTDI evaluations are organised by awarding authorities in the EVAL INNO participating countries, benchmark their skills and challenges and finally derive conclusions on the specificities in SE Europe.[4]

 

State-of-art report on evaluation practices, potentials and needs in South-East Europe (Research/Study, Good Practice)

The current report is based on the data and information collected during the mapping of RTDI strategic documents, programmes, institutions, actors and stakeholders, real and potential evaluators in Southeast Europe (SEE). It summarises the situation in all 12 target countries regarding the evaluation practices, potential and needs. It also regards the available RTDI evaluation competences and demand from the governments and the awarding authorities for evaluation of the current and future RTDI initiatives, policies and institutes.[5]

 

Online database of documents pertinent to innovation policy evaluation (Database)

EVAL-INNO focuses 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 is programmed, subdivided in five distinct databases which will be continuously updated. The Platform will serve the information needs of both evaluators and awarding authorities (agencies, ministries).

 


[1] http://www.eval-inno.eu/images/Evaluation_Standards_SCREEN_ENGLISH__OK.pdf

[2] http://www.eval-inno.eu/images/EVAL-INNO_Final_Publication_WEB_7526e.pdf

[3] http://www.eval-inno.eu/images/RTDI_programme_evaluation_guidelines_d1828.pdf

[4] http://www.eval-inno.eu/images/Comparative_and_needs_assessment_study_web_5245e.pdf

[5] http://www.eval-inno.eu/images/State_of_art_report_EVAL-INNO_WEB.pdf

Program: European Territorial Cooperation: South East European Programme | S&T field/scope: Technology/Knowledge Transfer, General, Cross-thematic/Interdisciplinary, Horizon 2020: Europe in a changing world - inclusive, innovative and reflective societies, Innovation and Development | Affilation and Pillar: Research and innovation community, Analysis | Geographical focus: Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary, Montenegro, Serbia

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