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The SMEPOL project (SME policy and the regional dimension of innovation) is a collaborative activity including seven research institutions in Europe. The project evaluates almost 40 existing policy instruments of promoting innovation activity in SMEs in 11 regions in eight European countries in order to identify 'good practice' policy. The aim is to construct a sound and organised knowledge base about existing practices, qualify their appropriateness and efficiency in order to identify 'good practice' principles, in a relative sense, and help to see how they can be adapted to other environments and situations.
Drawing on the findings of the studied policy instruments, the SMEPOL project finds arguments which call for a new policy paradigm and an actual shift in concrete policy. Our findings support the rationale for interactive policy and we also have observed some shifts in this direction, but so far insufficient.

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