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Evaluation concept for clusters and networks: Prerequisites of a common and joint evaluation system

(2012)
Sonja Kind/ Gerd Meier zu Köcker

During the past 15 years clusters and innovative networks have gained more and more importance as an element of economic development and innovation strategies of the European Union and its Member States. After years of cluster promotion and support the effects and impacts of clusters and networks require higher attention. Policymakers and programme owners are increasingly searching for information on how the desired effects (“impacts”) have been achieved and what kind of changes in programme schemes lead to more efficient outcomes. Thus, the evaluation of clusters and networks is becoming increasingly critical and plays an evermore strategic role. The evaluation system presented here was developed by iit in close cooperation with cluster policy makers, programme owners and cluster managers. It provides a practical approach applicable to different types of cluster programmes, clusters and networks throughout Europe.

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