Measure the innovation capability of regions – and unlock potential

What are the strengths and weaknesses of a particular region? How can specific improvements be made to the innovation capability of a region? 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 and analyse the innovation capability of regions. It is possible to analyse selected aspects of regional innovation capability by using the online Quick Check facility for regions. The highlights of the Quick Check are intended to provide an initial impression. They can be used as the starting point for outlining initial hypotheses for further analysis.

Who benefits from the Innovation Capability Indicator?

The iit Innovation Capability Indicator for regions is aimed at political decision makers at local and regional levels, as well as organisations that promote economic development. As a neutral consultant, we work with our clients to analyse local and regional innovation capability. Together with them, we translate this analysis into real political measures for the economy, for education and for research that bring targeted improvements to regional innovation capability.

What are the data sources for the regional indicator?

The iit uses publicly available data for its regional innovation capability Quick Check facility, which is available online. With the online Quick Check, it is only possible to perform a headline-level analysis of individual aspects. As such, it only serves as a starting point for further regional analysis. With regard to further analysis, the iit offers its clients an in-depth survey of the innovation capability of regions. It uses a specially designed combination of publicly available data, together with bespoke primary data collection that is tailored to the region. This survey takes into account data that concerns tertiary training and education, data about working environments that promote learning and local and regional manufacturing data, as well as 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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