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Measure the innovation capability of countries – and unlock potential

What are the strengths and weaknesses of a particular economy? How can specific improvements be made to the innovation capability of a country? And which European countries are in a particularly strong position? In order to provide reliable answers to questions about innovation policy, substantiated expert knowledge is required. The Institute for Innovation and Technology (iit) has developed the Innovation Capability Indicator, which can be used to measure, analyse and compare the innovation capability of 25 European countries.

Who benefits from the Innovation Capability Indicator?

The iit Innovation Capability Indicator for countries is aimed at national and Europe-wide decision makers. We work with our clients to analyse the innovation capability of economies. Together with them, we translate this analysis into real political measures for the economy, for education and for research that bring targeted improvements to the country’s innovation capability.

What are the data sources for the country indicator?

The iit uses publicly available data for its analysis of the economic innovation capability of 25 European countries. The indicator predominantly focuses on data that concerns tertiary training and education, working environments that promote learning, national export figures and data about research and development collaborations between companies, research institutes and higher education institutions.

Why develop a new innovation indicator?

Whereas the majority of indicators generally focus on innovative performance, the iit indicator shifts the spotlight onto the ability to translate new ideas into competitive products and services. The iit Innovation Capability Indicator is an instrument that makes it possible to measure the innovative capacity of individual countries, regions, sectors and companies. The iit indicator can be seen as a key foundation for innovation statistics. It also builds a bridge between statistics about innovation and statistics about education.

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