The newsletter of the Thematic pole 1 “Innovation governance & policy” (TP1) was produced with support from the Lead Partner of EVAL-INNO, the Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI). The TP1 was established by the South East Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme in the framework of the Thematic Capitalisation Strategy. The main aim is to streamline the process of creating synergies between projects and capitalising on results of previous initiatives, responding in this way to a demand from the SEE beneficiaries.
The Joint newsletter of the Thematic pole 1 was prepared by all participating members. In the first part it presents the main activities of the TP1 achieved in these past 2 years. The focus is then shifted to each involved project by describing their background, sustainability efforts and the key messages to the SEE Programme.
The lead partner of EVAL-INNO, the Centre for Social Innovation, has coordinated the publication of the newsletter and on overall the activities of the TP1. During the SEE TCP annual event in Ljubljana on 25-26th September, ZSI will present the activities of the TP1 to a vast audience.
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In the concluding phase of the project we have tried to outline the efforts that have been made to strengthen the RTDI evaluation culture in South East Europe, and to discuss possible future options to continue this mission. 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.
The publication is thematically divided into three parts. In the first part, the reader will be 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. This part ends with a discussion on the sustainability of the projects results. The third part of the publication presents some concrete evaluation examples from the SEE region, prepared by international experts, and which highlight practices that can be referenced in the design and implementation of future evaluations.
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We hope that readers interested in RTDI evaluation and in its future impact on the region, including evaluators (and potential evaluators), awarding authorities and decision-makers, will benefit from the information contain within, and that it will inspire them to establish similar initiatives in future.
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On 5 and 6 June 2014, ZSI and ARC Fund visited FYR of Macedonia and Kosovo to present the main activities of the EVAL-INNO project and to promote the expansion of the evaluation culture in the region.
EVAL-INNO WP5 Workshop: Public procurement in SEE innovation evaluations: a comparative and needs assessment study
On 14 May 2014 ARC Fund, Sofia hosted the EVAL-INNO WP5 workshop on the topic “Public procurement in SEE innovation evaluations: a comparative and needs assessment study”. Main lector at the event was Prof. Lena Tsipouri, Associate Professor at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Centre of Financial Studies.
The EVAL-INNO project has recently finalised the RTDI Programme evaluation Guidelines. Their main objective 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. The Guidelines include:
- basic RTDI programme and evaluation types, main evaluation issues
- the ways to enforce the six most important principles of RTDI programme evaluation
- decisions that define evaluation objectives and shape the evaluation methodologies to be used
- a start-kit for the basic methodological design
- indications on how to manage RTDI programme evaluations as a process.
The RTDI Programme Evaluation guidelines can be downloaded from HERE - (for a proper visualisation, save the document and open it with a PDF reader).
On 25-26th March 2014 the EVAL-INNO partnership successfully organized the project's concluding conference, presenting the results achieved and its potential future use. The event was held in Vienna at the premises of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy. The event gathered a consistent number of RTDI evaluation stakeholder from the South-East Europe Region, like ministries in charge of RTDI evaluation, awarding authorities, evaluation societies, evaluators and scholars skilled in the field. The participants were informed about the current state of the art in RTDI evaluation and the activities of EVAL-INNO. In a further step, the framework for future cooperation in the domain in SEE was proposed and discussed.
From March 2013 to November 2013 the EVAL-INNO project has developed and organized training opportunities for two target groups: evaluation experts and programme owners. The 2x2 training modules were carried out in:
- Bulgaria, Sofia: 18-22 March 2013
- Hungary, Budapest: 15-19 April 2013
- Montenegro, Podgorica: 17-21 June 2013
- Serbia, Belgrade: 7-11 October 2013
On this webpage you can find the agenda and presentations from the RTDI evaluation training, developed for the two target groups: current and potential evaluators, as well as for the managing authorities. The general structure of the programme was identical for all 4 trainings offered.
This course addresses the latest thinking in evaluation and teaches you the most effective use of evaluation tools. The Manchester Institute of Innovation Research is a leading European centre in the study and implementation of evaluation methodologies.
Next running: 19th to 23rd May 2014
The lead partner of the EVAL-INNO project, the Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI), which is also the Pole leader of the Thematic pole 1 on Innovation Governance & Policy organized the Joint thematic event in the framework of the South East Europe TCP's Capitalisation strategy. The event took place back to back with the EVAL-INNO Final conference and it was held in Vienna at the Palais Ferstel on 26th of March 2014.
The South East Europe Programme has created the Thematic Capitalisation Strategy to streamline the process of creating synergies between projects and capitalising on results of previous initiatives, responding in this way to a demand from the beneficiaries. The SEE Thematic Capitalisation Strategy aims to strengthen the links between projects working on similar topics (Thematic Poles), to enable projects to exploit and consolidate one another's achievements, and create a higher leverage effect. This will enhance the visibility and impact of both projects and Programme. A reinforced and more structured approach to valorise the SEE knowledge base will allow, moreover, to derive invaluable inputs and recommendations in view of the upcoming programming period.
The Joint thematic event was structured as an interactive brainstorming among the pole members. The event was attended by 25 representatives of 6 projects and of the SEE Joint Technical Secretariat. The event was opened by an introduction to the concept of the capitalization strategy by Stephen Halligan from the SEE JTS.
Paving the way for supporting the development of evaluation culture in the South East European region
The EVAL-INNO project held a conference on the pilot RTDI programme evaluations and benchmarking application-oriented public research organizations. The event, under the title Paving the way to supporting the development of evaluation culture in the South East European region, was organized by the Hungarian project partner IFKA Public Benefit Non-Profit Ltd. for the Development of Industry on the 15 and 16 of January 2014 in Budapest.