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Towards system oriented innovation policy evaluation? Evidence from EU28 member states

Susana Borrás and Mart Laatsit

Research Policy, 2019, vol. 48, issue 1, 312-321

Abstract: Many years after the introduction of the innovation system concept in innovation policy design, it is still not clear whether innovation 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, perspective, temporality and expertise). 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 a type of innovation policy evaluation that is system oriented. The advent of a system approach to innovation policy 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.

Keywords: Evaluation; Innovation policy; Innovation system; Innovation indicators; Evidence-based policy; European Union; Holistic (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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