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Methods

Methodologies

ONLINE-S3 will point out and assess the available strategic planning methodologies that are applicable in the development, implementation and monitoring of Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3).
Different methodologies are identified in each of the six phases towards Smart Specialisation.

Stakeholder engagement is a crucial challenge for better policy processes in EU member states. During December 2016 we will organise consultation workshops in different regions on the proposed methodologies. The workshops’ input is based upon provided mapping and assessment of used methodologies, online mechanisms and e-services that are available for RIS3 strategic planning.

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Online consultation on 29 RIS3 methods. For each method you will find a description and then follows the area of comments.

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Phase 1: Governance
1.1. RIS3 vision sharing
online S3 Method: RIS3 Vision Sharing

Web-based tool that allows RIS3 managers to create visually attractive infographics. Read more…

1.2. Stakeholder engagement
online S3 Method: Stakeholder engagement

Invite RIS3 stakeholders to use online deliberation functionalities specifically tailored for EDP.Read more…

1.3. RIS3 debate at a glance
online S3 Method: RIS3 debate at a glance

Enable participatory deliberation using functionality like argument mapping software. Read more..

1.4 RIS3 legal and administrative framework related to ESIF
online S3 Method: RIS3 legal and administrative framework related to ESIF.png

Οverview of ERDF regulations and EU processes of selecting and funding projects. Read more…

Phase 2: Analysis of context
2.1. Regional assets mapping
online S3 Method: Regional assets mapping

Draw together information on key regional assets. The objective is to support data transparency that enables gap analysis of regional assets. Read more…

2.2. Research infrastructure mapping
online S3 Method: Research infrastructure mapping

A comprehensive and up-to-date mapping of the existing and planned research infrastructures across the EU regions. Read more…

2.3. Clusters, incubators, and innovation ecosystem mapping
online S3 Method: Clusters incubators and innovation ecosystem mapping

Defining the framework, concepts and categories for mapping the innovation ecosystem of each region. Read more…

2.4. Benchmarking
online S3 Method: Benchmarking

Compare the performance of a region with regions that are structurally similar. Read more…

2.5. Regional scientific production profile
online S3 Method: Science and technology profile and performance

Production of ‘scientific profiles’ for regions based on Web of Science (WoS) data, Scopus and Google Scholar data. Read more…

2.6. Specialisation indexes
online S3 Method: Specialisation indexes

Technological and economic specialisation indexes for understanding the position of regional activities in global value chains. Read more…

2.7. SWOT analysis
online S3 Method: SWOT Analysis

Analysis of regional strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats is a key starting point for applying more elaborate RIS3 methods. Read more…

Phase 3: Strategy formulation
3.1. Collaborative vision building
online S3 Method: Collaborative vision building

Tailored online guidelines on the necessary additional steps to arrive at a shared vision for regional smart specialisation strategy. Read more…

3.2. Scenario building
online S3 Method: Scenario building

A scenario is a “story” illustrating visions of possible future or aspects of possible future. Scenarios are not predictions about the future but rather similar to simulations of some possible futures. Read more…

3.3. Delphi – Foresight
online S3 Method: Delphi - Foresight

Delphi is perhaps the most emblematic Foresight or future studies method. A single Delphi methodology exists but the applications are diverse. Read more…

Phase 4: Priority setting
4.1. EDP focus groups
online S3 Method: EDP focus groups

The method will provide a roadmap for the implementation of EDP. It includes industry activities and groups, stakeholders and business leaders involved in the EDP process, the communication of conclusions about the opportunities emerged by the regional and national authorities. Read more…

4.2. Extroversion analysis
online S3 Method: Extroversion analysis

This method is applied to detect possible industry segments in which regions present increased extroversion, in terms of exports, attraction of FDI, or other forms of regional openness. Read more…

4.3. Related variety analysis
online S3 Method: Related variety analysis

This method will allow for calculating the Related/Unrelated variety entropy indexes. It will compare 2-digit and 5-digit sector shares (%) and will estimate the entropy index for regions. Read more..

Phase 5: Policy mix
5.1. RIS3 intervention logic
online S3 Method: RIS3 intervention logic

The method allows identifying if different policy measures are coherent with the vision and objectives of the region. Read more…

5.2. RIS3 action plan co-design
online S3 Method: RIS3 action plan co-design

Co-design is a well-established approach in the process of creation, particularly within the public sector. Read more…

5.3. RIS3 budgeting
online S3 Method: RIS3 budgeting

The method will provide a framework for using different budgeting methods (incremental, zero budgeting) to capture the funding dimension of the RIS3 action plan and the needs for funding across the defined implementation period. Read more…

5.4. State aid law compliance for RIS3 implementation
online S3 Method: State aid law compliance for RIS3 implementation

State aid law is part of EU competition law and aims at constraining the funding possibilities of public authorities to sustain competition within the internal market.Read more…

5.5. RIS3 calls consultation
online S3 Method: RIS3 calls consultation

The method will enable RIS3 stakeholders to assess calls for projects under SF operational programmes that are made by regional authorities. Read more…

5.6. RIS3 innovation maps
online S3 Method: RIS3 innovation maps

Online visualisation tool that teases out information about regional technological trends using grant data that is collected from S3 programmes and initiatives. Read more…

5.7. RIS3 open data tool
online S3 Method: RIS3 open data tool

Online data tool in the form of a data repository that allows for a finely grained tracking of projects and initiatives implemented in each region with a link to respective S3 priorities. Read more…

Phase 6: Monitoring & evaluation
6.1. RIS3 monitoring
online S3 Method: RIS3 monitoring

The method will define the overall process/roadmap for RIS3 monitoring, which usually encompasses all sorts of activities that relate to the collection and processing of information about the achievement of expected results and the degree of implementation of policy measures. Read more…

6.2. Definition of RIS3 output and result indicators
online S3 Method: Definition of RIS3 output and result indicators

Output and result indicators constitute an essential part of RIS3 monitoring and evaluation. Read more…

6.3. Balanced scorecard
online S3 Method: Balanced scorecard

Balanced scorecard is a strategic planning and management system that is used extensively in business and industry, government, and non-profit organisations worldwide. Read more…

6.4. RIS3 beneficiaries and end users’ satisfaction online survey
online S3 Method: RIS3 beneficiaries and end users satisfaction online survey

The method will enable collecting micro data directly from the beneficiaries and ‘end-users’ of public policies implemented through S3. Read more…

6.5. RIS3 social media analysis
online S3 Method: RIS3 social media analysis

This online tool offers simple indicators on the overall RIS3 process by using data coming from social media, such as Twitter or Google trends. Read more…