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The main objective of the Policy Mix Group in 2005 was to pilot and develop a peer review process capable of acting as an instrument of mutual learning within the context of the Open Method of Coordination. The aim of the peer review process was to help countries better understand the policy mixes needed to raise R&D intensity by improving overall innovation system performance. In contrast to 'conventional', resource intensive peer reviews aimed primarily at producing specific policy recommendations for individual countries, the emphasis in this 'light' exercise was to encourage the sharing of information about policy-related issues between senior policymakers and to generate generic lessons for the formulation and implementation of effective policy mixes.
The overall process commenced with the self-nomination of three 'review' countries and interested 'examiner' countries. This was followed by the preparation by IPTS of a background report on each of the review countries, utilising publicly available information and updated and amended as necessary by representatives from the review countries. In turn, these reports were made available as background material to the examiner countries, in preparation for a visit to each review country by teams composed of representatives from at least three examiner countries, IPTS, DG RTD and an independent consultant. These teams held a series of discussions with a variety of R&D and innovation policymakers and key stakeholders in each country. The commentaries of these teams were then recorded in three country reports and discussed with the review countries in a series of feedback missions designed to validate the findings of the country reports and deepen understanding and mutual learning. All three reports were then presented and discussed by CREST representatives at a formal Peer Review Meeting in Brussels.

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Authors: No Author stated, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 22096 EN (2007), 62 pp. Free of charge
Availability: Katalogue Number: KI-NA-22096-EN-C The paper version can be ordered online and the PDF version downloaded at:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-79-02256-3
Record Number: 200819655 / Last updated on: 2008-01-21
Original language: en
Available languages: en