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Supporting the monitoring and evaluation of innovation programmes, A Study for DG Enterprise and Industry, Final Report

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Abstract

Working Group. As well as presentations to, and discussions with this group, the study's main lines of work included:
- A set of case studies of evaluation in specific countries and regions
- Interviews with experts in the area, and a survey of the views of a wider number of experts
- The establishment and analysis of a database of examples of innovation programme evaluations from which useful lessons could be gleaned Towards a typology of behaviours for the evaluation of innovation programmes: the case studies
The seven case studies suggested that there are both spatial and temporal patterns to the evaluation of innovation programmes. Spatially, three different cultures of evaluation were identified:
- The most advanced cultures use evaluation as a central element in the development of their innovation policies. (Examples are Finland, Scotland, and Sweden). These cases have developed advanced practices of evaluation and impact assessment ¿ though they are continuing to search for improved methods, and participate in the worldwide community of evaluation practitioners. Evaluation is routinely used as a tool ¿ alongside other tools - for continuous improvement of their innovation programmes and support measures.

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