New Policy Monitoring Arrangements (i.e. the Survey)

For more than 20 years, the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (DSTI), under the aegis of the OECD Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy (CSTP), has conducted biennial surveys of STI policies in its member and strategic partner countries. The survey aims to identify the major STI policy changes implemented in participating countries in the previous two years. It takes stock of major national innovation policy initiatives and maps national policy instruments and arrangements (the so-called ‘policy mix’). The survey is unique in its scope, nature and coverage. It addresses all areas of STI policy, covering initiatives spread across different ministries and national agencies (e.g. research, education, industry, environment, labour, finance/budget, etc.). Responses are provided by government representatives.

The survey shows many signs of success: for example, the survey response rate is very high – 95% in 2016 – which is aided by the OECD pre-filling the questionnaire. However, the process of collecting country data has major shortcomings. In particular, the survey is heavy and cumbersome for countries to fill-in, which has implications for the quality and timeliness of country responses; and inappropriate IT infrastructure makes the survey difficult for the OECD to administer, which is compounded by the growing number of participating countries and comprehensive coverage of the survey.

The project seeks to overcome these shortcomings by rolling out a new survey tool, based on the open source software LimeSurvey. The new tool is currently under development and will be tested and piloted during late-spring and early-summer 2017.

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