Thematic work starts with a focus on development of methodology and tool for measuring Technology Innovation Assessment Scoreboard (TIAS). Firstly, state-of-the-art analysis of existing policies and indicators in the field of innovation in 11 participating countries and SEE region is prepared. Based on these results a joint methodology for creation of the TIAS structure is set up and Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) is developed. After this, capacity building activities for partners and stakeholders are organised, teaching them how to adopt and use the tool in their environment.
Then SAT tool for measuring TIAS rate is applied. Firstly, SAT tool is pilotly applied in all countries, providing input for measuring innovation level in companies. From the results in the database gathered through SAT tool, analysis of TIAS rate on the whole sample of participating companies in SEE area and afterwards on national level are prepared. Finally recommendations for improvement of innovation policies are prepared.
Firstly, analysis of the current innovation policies in each participating country in relation to estimated TIAS rate is defined, enabling project partners to identify policy gaps. Based on this, policy recommendations for improvement of existing innovation policies at the governance level are prepared for the country and South East Europe (SEE) level, with the aim to improve national TIAS rate identified. FINNO Committee is established at the project start to ensure sustainable cooperation and fostering innovation in SEE region. In final stage Action plan for its functioning is developed, mechanism is promoted at 11 national workshops for stakeholders and at the final conference. Project implementation is supported by common management and communication activities.
The effort for improving innovation performance is a common priority of governments in SEE countries, but the level of supporting environment is at different stages and is depending on many factors. On the basis of the analysis of existing conditions and environments in participating countries it can be noticed that some countries (Austria, Italy, Greece) already developed useful solutions, some started launching different instruments a few years ago, while others are yet establishing organisations in charge. Besides, no comparable data for all SEE countries is available that could enable benchmark of countries’ innovation performance. This is the rationale behind approaching the problem together and finding common solutions.
One of the main challenges is to build on solutions that proved to be efficient, transfer existing knowledge and capacity from more to less experienced countries and enable faster development of countries or regions that are less advanced in this area.
The transnational added value reflects in creating a sustainable network of strategic and operational actors in fostering innovation, and creation of common methodology and database for measuring innovation performance that create a basis for long-term improvement of the innovation level in SEE. Prepared recommendations that are incorporated into new or updated innovation policies, will contribute to better integration of the SEE region, facilitating innovation and improving attractiveness of the region for innovating companies and citizens. Project aims to contribute to the recognition of the importance of innovation not only as a key factor for regional development but also as a cohesive force in a SEE region globalisation process.