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CNE – Cluster and network evaluation

What is CNE?

CNE is an instrument for evaluating networks and clusters. It refers to cluster policy itself, network management and cluster actors. With a mix of methods comprising surveys, interviews and workshops, both short-term as well as medium- to long-term results on various specific cluster and network issues are measured.

For whom is CNE interesting?

Cluster and network evaluation is directed at political decision-makers, and cluster and network managers. While the overall concept specifically targets politics, various individual modules, such as benchmarking, cluster impact analysis and member satisfaction analysis, can also be applied by cluster and network managements.

How does CNE work?

The process of cluster and network evaluation depends on the issues in question. The instruments used include surveys, interviews and workshops. It also comprises the evaluation of already available analyses, data or reports.

Why should CNE be used?

Cluster and network evaluation supports political decision-makers and programme organisers of cluster policy in verifying whether cluster policy measures actually strengthen the competitiveness of regions and locations and the companies and research institutions working there. Cluster and network managers can determine their position and the satisfaction level of members with the services offered. Results of cluster and network evaluation therefore on the one hand help to substantiate spending of tax funds, and on the other to fine-tune ongoing processes.

What are some example results of CNE?

The results of the cluster and network evaluation are documented in the form of reports along with visualisation of obtained results.


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