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RIPKA — Result In Brief

Project ID: 43533
Funded under: FP6-SUPPORT

Innovation policy in Kazakhstan and Armenia

The ‘Researching innovation policy in Kazakhstan and Armenia’ (RIPKA) initiative researched and benchmarked the innovation capacities of the two countries. Project partners followed the methods and indicators used by the European TrendChart on innovation.
Innovation policy in Kazakhstan and Armenia
Project partners identified four operational objectives that included training, data collection, quality control and information dissemination. The EU-funded consortium trained the Armenian and Kazakh innovation policy research institutes to use the innovation benchmarking tools and methodologies from TrendChart.

In addition, research institutes were coached to gather data on the innovation capacity and policies of the two nations. Innovation policy research institutes were also trained to report and benchmark the countries’ innovation capacities and policies. The findings were disseminated through the RIPKA website and conferences. Consortium partners also participated in innovation policy workshops on 'Restructuring of public [research and development] R&D institutions' and 'Policy monitoring'.

Findings showed that innovation policy measures proposed by the Armenian government should be underpinned with concrete quantitative targets and be properly implemented. Overall, Armenia benefits from a well educated population but suffers from low levels of public and private expenditure on R&D. Results for Kazakhstan showed it also had a well educated population and suffered from lack of funding and unfavourable industry structure.

Thanks to the introduction of TrendChart, Kazakh and Armenian research institutes and policymakers were able to benefit from worldwide best management practice for innovation policy. In addition, closer ties were created between national innovation policies and those of the EU Commission and EU Member States.

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