Online S3: a H2020 project under ISSI-4-2015
Advancing RIS3 strategies implementation throughOnlineS3 Main outcomesOnlineS3 will motivate multilevel citizens engagementOnlineS3 PlatformOnlineS3 Platform
About the project
About online S3 projectThis project aims to develop an e-policy platform augmented with a toolbox of applications and online services, which will assist national and regional authorities in the EU in elaborating or revising their smart specialisation agenda, in terms of policies and strategy.
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RSA Dublin

Discussion panel on Smart Specialisation and Evolutionary Economic Geography
The 6th of June, Online S3 and the Centre of Spatial Dynamics at University College Dublin will be running a discussion panel on Smart Specialisation in Dublin.

Smart Specialisation Programmes and Implementation

Smart Specialisation Programmes and Implementation Romer (2000) offers a beneficial difference between aims and programmes in the design and implementation of policy. Goals and Programmes Goals should be relatively conservative, rather than risky or radical. These goals should also be constant. In addition, goals should include metrics to measure success. Programmes are specific policy proposals to push a system towards set goals. Therefore, the metrics to evaluate the programme’s success is key. Programmes ought to be created so that they can be assessed in a policy-relevant and timel [...]

Economic Transformation Strategies: Smart Specialisation Case Studies

Smart Specialisation Case Studies Ortega-Argilés (2012) analyses some European regions that have chosen to take on an economic transformation process that aligns with the goals of Europe 2020, including adopting sustainable, inclusive and smart growth strategies. The strategies include several features and patterns and demonstrate differences in historical and economic environments. Regions cannot focus on everything Smart specialisation strategies are outlined to enhance the impact of efficient innovations by spending public resources effectively within Europe 2020 strategic principals. T [...]

Online S3 platform:
methods and online assistants for RIS3
Phase 1: Governance
Step 1: GovernanceIncluding (1) Governance Structure, which defines the governance of the RIS3 strategy based on the particular regional context; (2) Broad Participation of actors from the quadruple helix in the design and implementation of RIS3; and (3) Management and Communication, which defines the consensus-building process focused on awareness-raising, priority-shaping and fostering a sense of ownership, and links between strategies taken at different levels that enable the identification of a policy mix.

Phase 2: Analysis of context
Step 2: Analysis of contextIncluding (1) Regional / national Assets, which shed light on the potential for knowledge-based transformation of the economy, identify potential niches for smart specialisation, and describe regional/local assets’ endowment; (2) Outward Dimension, which makes a thorough presentation of a region’s profile and position in terms of extroversion and international competitiveness; and (3) Entrepreneurial Dynamics, which builds a systematic understanding of areas that have the greatest potential for future development.

Phase 3: Strategy formulation
Step 3: Strategy formulationAmong stakeholders, including (1) a Broad View of Innovation, from business, environmental and societal point of view; (2) Grand Challenges that enrich the basic vision of the region with problems and challenges to address; and (3) Scenario Analysis, in which a series of future scenarios are elaborated. Possible Risks should be identified and assessed through a Risk Assessment matrix. At the end, a final scenario should be developed including various options according to possible changes.

Phase 4: Priority setting
Step 4: Priority settingIncluding (1) a Revision of past priorities to gain experience from previous innovation strategies; (2) Consistency of priority objectives and goals with geographical characteristics of the region; and (3) Critical Mass for identification of a limited number of priority activities and technologies for regional specialisation, as well as participatory processes for the engagement of stakeholders and the civil society in setting the innovation strategy objectives.

Phase 5: Policy mix
Step 5: Policy mixIt is the action plan for the implementation of strategy, including (1) a Roadmap that leads to the definition rules and tools in order to reach the prioritised goals; (2) Balance of proposed policy mix between horizontal and vertical actions, and a detailed description of actions that are included into the RIS3 action plan; and (3) the regional / national framework conditions for the implementation of the S3 strategy.

Phase 6: Monitoring & evaluation
Step 6: Monitoring & evaluationAt this step the framework for RIS3 monitoring and evaluation is created, including (1) Output and result indicators, with output indictors measuring the direct outcome of RIS3 actions, and result indicators measuring the change and evolution of the regional productive structure and innovation performance; (2) Monitoring that defines the systematic collection of data and assessment, and (3) continuous Update of RIS3 action plan.

IPTS S3 platform
What is the Smart Specialisation?
  • Evidence-based considering all assets and problems in a region, incl. External perspective / internal / global market (critical mass? Opportunities? excellence? cooperation? Value chains?)
  • No top-down decision, but dynamic /entrepreneurial discovery process uniting key stakeholders around shared vision
  • Mobilisation of investments and synergies across different departments and governance levels (EU-national-regional)
  • All forms of innovation – no only technology driven
  • Differentiation: SWOT analysis (all types of assets), competitive advantages, potential for excellence, opportunities
  • Concentration of resources on priorities, problems and core needs (no sprinkler principle, no picking the winners, yes to catalytic investments)
  • Place-based economic transformation: rejuvenating traditional sectors through higher value-added activities, cross-sectoral links, new market niches by sourcing-in and disseminating new technologies rather than re-inventing the wheel; exploiting new forms of innovation

Source: M. Landabaso, Research and innovation strategies for smart specialization

RIS3 Guide
RIS3 GuideThe Guide on Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation is targeted at Structural Funds Managing Authorities, policy-makers and regional development professionals. It sets out the concept and provides orientations on how to develop research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3).
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“RIS3 Assessment Wheel” – A synthetic tool to position yourselves and your RIS3
Assesment wheel

The development of a tool for the synthetic representation of the progress made in drafting/designing a RIS3 allows condensing a huge amount of information in one visual modality. Although limitations might play a significant role, namely those linked to making a complex process appear simple, the assessment wheel can usefully support a number of activities, e.g. self-assessments, peer-reviews, expert contributions, presentations at dissemination, discussion and negotiation meetings, etc.

The wheel is built on the basis of the six steps described in the RIS3 Guide and the identification of 3 critical factors for each step. The scaling tool (from 0 to 5) estimates the seriousness of the evidence provided in the process as far as each critical factor is concerned.
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S3 platform
The Platform is hosted by the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) in Seville, part of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. It is made up of three main parts:
A project management and research team at the IPTS; A Steering Team gathering representatives of several Commission Services; A Mirror Group composed of leading academics and experts in the fields of innovation and regional development, as well as representatives of networks such as EURADA, ERRIN, EBN, OECD, European Cluster Observatory and European Cluster Alliance).
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