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The IDEA project (Indicators and Data for European Analysis) addressed a key issue both for research and policy-making with respect to innovation. This issue is the existence, availability and adequacy of statistical information. Our ability to understand the complex structure and dynamics of innovation processes, and our ability to design policies to support innovation, depend on an adequate empirical grasp of the extent and nature of innovation activity and its outcomes.
Until very recently, however, we have had to use indicators for this field which were partial and/or indirect, and this has limited the abilities of researchers and policymakers to formulate well-designed theories and policies.

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