IMPACTSCAN – Scanning the impact of regional innovation policy

The IMPACTSCAN project provides a method and tool for regional policy-makers to analyse and evaluate the impact of the regional innovation policy. It has been developed and tested by 7 European regions between mid 2005 and beginning of 2008. The Specific Support Action was co-funded by the European Commission as part of the 6th Framework Programme.

IMPACTSCAN provides a monitoring and impact assessment system, allowing regional authorities to get a clearer picture of public support to innovation in their region incl. the regional context, and to take decisions to improve the effectiveness of this support system. IMPACTSCAN focuses on the the role of intermediaries in charge of innovation and provides innovation supporting services.

Through its international dimension, providing analyses for several regions in a standardised way, IMPACTSCAN offers possibilities to compare various regional systems, and can notably open views to a variety of intermediary models for those regions that are newcomers in the field. To allow for trans-national comparisons, standardisation of analyses is proposed through the use of common typologies and rules, tested during the pilot phase.

IDEUM has contributed to the concept development and implementation of the IMPACTSCAN tool in a significant way, in particular through the in-depth collaboration with the lead partner IWT Flanders and the region of Lower Austria.

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