Thematic work started 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 was prepared. Based on these results a joint methodology for creation of the TIAS structure was set up and Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) was developed. After this, capacity building activities for partners and stakeholders were organised, teaching them how to adopt and use the tool in their environment.
Then SAT tool for measuring TIAS rate was applied. Firstly, SAT tool was applied in all countries as a pilot, providing input for measuring innovation level in companies. From the results in the database gathered through SAT tool, analyses of TIAS rate on the whole sample of participating companies in SEE area and afterwards on national level were prepared. Finally recommendations for improvement of innovation policies were drafted.
Firstly, analyses of the current innovation policies in each participating country in relation to estimated TIAS rate were defined, enabling project partners to identify policy gaps. Based on this, policy recommendations for improvement of existing innovation policies at the governance level were prepared for the country and South East Europe (SEE) level, with the aim to improve national TIAS rate identified. FINNO Committee was established at the project start to ensure sustainable cooperation and fostering innovation in SEE region. In final stage Action plan for its functioning was developed, mechanism was promoted at 11 national workshops for stakeholders and at the final conference. Project implementation was 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 still establishing organisations in charge. Besides, no comparable data for all SEE countries was available that could enable benchmark of countries’ innovation performance. This was the rationale behind approaching the problem together and finding common solutions.
One of the main challenges was 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 were less advanced in this area.
The transnational added value reflected in creating a sustainable network of strategic and operational actors in fostering innovation, and in creation of common methodology and database for measuring innovation performance that formed a basis for long-term improvement of the innovation level in SEE. Prepared recommendations that were incorporated into new or updated innovation policies, would contribute to better integration of the SEE region, facilitating innovation and improving attractiveness of the region for innovating companies and citizens. Project aimed 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.