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 timely fashion. Various programmes have tried this. These metrics should also be applied to programmes where success may be uncertain. If success is clearly unattainable, the programmes can be altered or ended.

The implementation process

Foray and Rainoldi (2013) focus on presenting further useful information regarding the concept of smart specialisation in their policy brief. They start out with the identification of the programme sequence, which is necessary for smart specialisation. In addition, the authors also provide information to tackle various problems concerning the implementation process.


For more information on this policy brief, follow this link:





Foray, D., and Rainoldi, A. (2013). Smart Specialisation programmes and implementation. S3 Policy Brief Series 02/2013.

Romer, P. (2000) Should the Government subsidize supply or demand in the market for scientists

and engineers?, NBER Working Paper No. 7723, National Bureau of Economic Research.


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