Monitoring S3 implementation and results
The European Commission has put strong emphasis on a more results–oriented approach for EU cohesion funding in its legislative proposals for 2014-2020. Relevant guidance documents can be found here. The S3 Platform is planning further activities to support regional and national authorities in the design and implementation of monitoring mechanisms. Future activities will build on our first indicators workshop in Groningen (NL) in January 2013 which lay the technical groundwork for a structured discussion on monitoring S3 implementation. A second workshop took place in Barcelona on 11-12 Dec. 2014 (more information can be found here). The next important event on the topic was the high level conference Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation: Challenges and Monitoring Implementation held in Seville on 6 March 2015. In the context of innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3), monitoring mechanisms perform three fundamental functions: (1) inform about what the strategy achieved and whether implementation is on track and making this information available to decision makers; (2) clarify the logic of intervention of the strategy and make it comprehensible to the broader public; (3) support the constructive involvement and participation of stakeholders through transparent communication and promote trust building. RIS3 monitoring focuses on tracking the developments related to policy interventions within the specific priority areas identified in the strategy. The monitoring mechanism should be able to capture and follow the relevant expected changes that are foreseen in each RIS3 priority by means of an appropriate choice of result indicators; it should also capture and follow the policy output that ought to make expected changes happen. Regions and countries with extensive experience in monitoring innovation strategies and territorial development policies in general should build on existing monitoring structures; those with limited experience in this field should begin to develop their own internal capacities and experience starting with simple indicator systems, following the practical guidelines of S3 Policy Brief 13/2015.