Target and stakeholders
Project included all relevant target groups to enable transnational cooperation between actors at governance level (ministries) and at operational level (innovation agencies, research organisations) to provide direct link to companies as first direct users of instruments.
Partners were national innovation agencies in charge of implementation of supportive instruments for innovation and other relevant actors acting in the field of innovation. For them the main benefit was establishment of a transnational network, leading to exchange of experience, joint development of project results and increased capacity, which improved effectiveness of their work. Partners, chosen to participate, have direct links to the decision-making level, enabling to incorporate prepared recommendations into the governance level. This was the main task of FINNO Committee composed of representatives from the ministries and leaders of technology or innovation agencies.
FINNO Committee had direct access to the latest findings of the project, exchange experience on successful solutions, and was in a position to involve recommendations directly into the development of new initiatives, strategies and legislation.
Companies were the main targets of innovative policies but we seldom involved in policy planning. We included them into the bottom-up analysis of their innovation performance through SAT.
(a) had the chance to get the benchmark of their position in respect to other companies in the sector in their and other South East Europe countries
(b) had the opportunity to shape supporting instruments in the field of innovation and RTD suitable to their needs.
Other stakeholders supporting development of innovation (technology parks, incubators; technology transfer offices; regional development agencies) were involved in capacity building, dissemination of results and further application of SAT.
To general public the importance of good national innovation policy and its effects was promoted.