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The KNOW-HUB project

KNOW-HUB bridges the gap of shortage of knowledge, skills and experience of European regions in designing and implementing smart and effective strategies for innovation. The practitioners from 10 EU regions will collaborate in reviewing their policies and practices to identify issues for improvement and good practices to share with others. They will learn together how to apply the knowledge and experience identified in the peer review process, and sharing this knowledge with the aid of modern knowledge management tools.


Presentation by Mrs Veronica Gaffey during DG Regio's thematic workshop in Groningen (NL) on the 25th of January 2013.

Since 2008, the Evaluation Unit of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Regional and Urban policy has been promoting countfactual impact evaluation, i.e. the use of comparison/control groups. As counterfactual evaluations are repeated and combined with more observational forms of evaluation, a picture is gradually emerging of the impact and usefulness of various forms of enterprise and innovation support. The first findings are published in this paper by DG Regio. Below are some highlights.

DG Regio has published an interesting report on the evalution of innovation activities.

Wielkopolska has clear goals and objectives to reach economic, social development and welfare with smart innovation policy. The idea for RIS3 is continuation of the process started with first RIS in 2002 and experimentation with local stakeholders and clusters in building unique competitive advantage.

We would like to draw your attention to this abstract regarding the "Competitiveness for growth and jobs" heading in the Conclusions of the European Council of 7 & 8 February 2013.

The final "Draft Synthesis Report on Innovation-Driven Growth in Regions: The Role of Smart Specialisation" was presented to the European Commission at the High Level meeting in Brussels on the 5th December 2012. We would like to draw your attention to the points listed below. In principle these are obvious for those who have started to design their RIS3, but it's always good to keep some key issues in mind; for the others it's a great introduction to some of the critical issues to look at when designing a RIS3.

It's always useful to mirror what enterprises are demanding with what public stakeholders are offering. Having a look at the GE Global Innovation Barometer 2013 can be useful at a time where most regions are involved in a RIS3 review and are defining their policy mix of support services for SMEs. The GE Global Innovation Barometer, now in its third year, explores how business leaders around the world view innovation and how those perceptions are influencing business strategies in an increasingly complex and globalized environment.

A good benchmarking document from IEDC (International Economic Development Council), EURADA's sister organisation in the US.

High-technology industries up by 26 % since first quarter of 2005, low-technology industries down by 6 %