In collaboration with the OECD and Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR), we hosted this workshop which drew on two important new resources in innovation policy:
- the Compendium of Evidence for Innovation Policy Effectiveness
- the OECD-World Bank Innovation Policy Platform
Our workshop was aimed at:
- Policy makers who design and implement innovation policy, allocate resources, and set priorities for long-term development and growth agendas
- Policy analysts, particularly from government, universities, think tanks and consultancies, who inform policy making through concept development, analysis and advice
- International organisations who work with countries to improve the design and implementation of innovation policies
- Non-governmental stakeholders who engage in innovation policy processes
The workshop covered three main themes:
- Stocktaking the state of the evidence: Drawing on the rich new resource of the Compendium of Evidence for Innovation Policy, session one focused on stocktaking the state of our collective knowledge on what is working in innovation policy.
- Communicating knowledge and advice on what works: Building on the recent experiences of the OECD-World Bank Innovation Policy Platform, in this practical session we looked at how to best communicate knowledge and evidence to policymakers and innovation agencies in a way that it will effectively inform the design and choices of future approaches to supporting innovation.
- Improving future evidence and its application: In this session, leading experts ‘pitched’ practical strategies to improve the quality and reach of evidence in innovation policy, for example big data/open data, experimentation, peer to peer support networks, expert evaluation. These pitches acted as stimulus to roundtable discussion to suggest practical next steps.