Towards System oriented Innovation Policy Evaluation?

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Title: Towards System oriented Innovation Policy Evaluation?
Evidence from EU28 Member States
Author: Borrás, Susana; Laatsit, Mart
Abstract: Many years after the introduction of the innovation system concept in innovation policy design, it is still not clear whether policy evaluation practices follow a system approach. Building on evaluation and innovation studies, this article develops the concept ‘system oriented innovation policy evaluation’ based on four attributes (coverage, interaction, temporality and sources). The attributes are used as analytical devices for gathering extensive empirical evidence on the actual practices of EU28 member states. The findings show that few countries have developed the most complete type of system oriented evaluation, the one we call “holistic”. Another small group does not have any system oriented evaluation; while most other EU28 countries have some traits of it (“flexible”) or are beginning to develop one (“starter”). The advent of a system approach to evaluation offers the opportunity of comprehensive, contextualized, and evidence-based innovation policy-making. However, there are still serious obstacles as such an approach requires important knowledge and organisational capacities. Overcoming these obstacles would need more decided evaluation capacity-building at the national level.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10398/9616
Date: 2018-04-19

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