EmpInno Monitor S3

EmpInno Monitoring Smart Specialisation Strategies

The overall objective of the project is: “EmpInno Monitor S3” is the extension stage of the project “EmpInno – S3 Empowering for Innovation and Growth in Medium-Sized Cities and Regions”. Main objective of the extension stage project is to develop and test innovative monitoring elements and thereby to improve the monitoring systems of the smart specialisation strategies (=RIS3) in the seven partner regions (including the countries EE, DK, LV).

Therefore, the partners will take up and pilot parts of the main outputs “feedback papers” from the regular EmpInno project, in which the testing of RIS3 monitoring approaches was proposed to “strategy owners” (authority responsible for the smart specialisation strategy). Firstly, the partners build upon the needs stated in the feedback papers. Secondly, they exchange, discuss and further refine monitoring approaches during the extension stage on a transnational level and use them as basis for their regional testing. Thirdly, these concrete testing/pilot activities are carried out by the project partners and involve the related strategy owner. Fourthly, the tested monitoring approaches are finally included in the overall RIS3 monitoring set-up in the regions.

The extension stage project will produce as first main output 7 improved RIS3 monitoring systems in the partner regions. The RIS3 monitoring systems will be improved through the inclusion of piloted monitoring elements. The strategy owners in the partner regions (and countries EE, DK, LV) are the target group of this output. They will use the main outputs for better monitoring (and evaluating), hence implementing their smart specialisation strategies – and also improve their innovation policy instruments based on monitoring results. The target group is partly included as project partners and associated organisations. They are closely involved in the activities by preparing and piloting RIS3 monitoring approaches together with partner organisations. As second main output the partners produce a “Compilation of findings from monitoring pilot regions” which includes good stories, processes and main lessons learnt from each of the 7 regions. Target group are innovation actors beyond the partnership, including managing authorities, innovation intermediaries, and political bodies responsible for regional development/innovation policy. They will be involved via events as well as face-to-face meetings and further already established communication channels. The project offers them with the main output practical hands-on experiences and proven guidance of implemented and adapted RIS3 monitoring approaches with visual appealing material and stories.

Being equipped with improved and more realistic, fine-grained RIS3 monitoring systems as raised capacity, regions in the BSR can better assess and adjust their innovation policy instruments. This will lead to higher efficiency and effectiveness of the innovation policies and finally a more innovative Baltic Sea Region.

Project partners:

Lead Partner: Rostock Business and Technology Development GmbH (Gesellschaft für Wirtschafts- und Technologieförderung Rostock mbH), Germany.

Project Partners: Denmark – D2i – Design to innovate, Estonia – Tartu Science Park and Tartu city, Finland – Prizztech Ltd and South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences, Latvia – Riga Planning Region, Poland – Lubelskie Voivodeship and Foundation for Lubelskie Development.

Programme: Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020, Priority 1: “Capacity for innovation”, Specific Objective 1.2: “To enhance growth opportunities based on increased capacity of innovation actors to apply smart specialisation approach”.

Project implementation period: August 2019 – January 2021

Total project budget: 854 050 (including 85% ERDF co-financing). Tartu Science Park budget: 57 000 EUR (including 15% co-financing).

Programme home page: https://www.interreg-baltic.eu/home.html

Contact person: Ingrid Hunt, Tartu Science Park, ingrid.hunt@teaduspark.ee

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