Impact Assessment of Innovation Policy

Project Implementation / Methodology

The work would consist in a cross-country analysis of public research institutions (universities and research institutes) to innovation. The analysis would involve the following steps:


  •  First, the quantity, quality and characteristics of national scientific outputs of relevance for industry would be captured using available data sources on public research institutions’ patents and their publications. The exercise will build on existing OECD work on bibliometrics.
  • Second, the information on public research would be linked to firm- and industry-level data on innovation performance and other firm or industry characteristics. Specific attention will be paid to the matrix used for connecting firms or industries to fields of scientific research.
  • Third, in a further step efforts could focus on developing policy indicators so as to understand impacts of policies on research output and their contributions to innovation. The project will provide complementary insights to the ongoing NESTI project which analyses the impacts of public support for business R&D.

Countries are invited to conduct national quantitative policy studies aimed at analysing impacts at specific country levels. This may include proposed studies on the impacts of specific policies, in-depth assessments of researcher-sector specifications as well as analysis of alternative data to assess collaboration and impacts on firm performance.

Countries are invited to join the experts group, which would discuss impact assessment exercised conducted on policies aimed at supporting the commercialisation of public research. Based on information from the 2014 STI Outlook policy questionnaire, policies among the following reflect current policy efforts in a large number of countries: fostering collaborative research, institutional arrangements to organise more collaboration policies, innovation voucher schemes as well as policies aimed at supporting business capacities to absorb complex knowledge generated by public research.

Further detail is provided in DSTI/STP/TIP(204)11/ANN.


This discussion forum provides a space for feedback regarding the proposed methodology. 


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