Last year, Nesta was commissioned by Innovate UK to carry out a scoping study of the capacity building and development needs of policymakers involved in the design and implementation of innovation policy in the four countries of the Pacific Alliance: Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.
To develop a successful capacity building programme tailored to Pacific Alliance policymakers’ needs, we needed a much clearer picture of who these innovation policymakers are, and a way of quantifying them, uncovering the main challenges to the national innovation systems, and understanding if any of these challenges are shared across the national systems.
We identified three important common challenges, that would need to inform the design of a training programme for Pacific Alliance innovation policymakers:
This scoping study has been the genesis to our Global Innovation Policy Accelerator, a training programme we are currently designing for senior innovation policymakers in the four countries of the Pacific Alliance.
To try to tackle some of the challenges our study highlighted, we came up with a set of guiding design principles:
The scoping study includes institutional maps of the innovation agencies of the four Pacific Alliance countries, including: their role and remit, assessments of the strengths and weaknesses of the national innovation systems, and indications of national priority areas from our empirical research work with key stakeholders across the system.
An example of the Chilean institutional map:
Download the full scoping study: Supporting next generation innovation policy in the Pacific Alliance