Towards system oriented innovation policy evaluation? Evidence from EU28 member states

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Many years after the introduction of the innovation system concept in innovation policy design, it is still not clear whether innovation policy evaluation practices follow a system approach. Building on evaluation and innovation studies, this article develops the concept 'system oriented innovation policy evaluation’ based on four attributes (coverage, perspective, temporality and expertise). The attributes are used as analytical devices for gathering extensive empirical evidence on the actual practices of EU28 member states. The findings show that few countries have developed a type of innovation policy evaluation that is system oriented. The advent of a system approach to innovation policy evaluation offers the opportunity of comprehensive, contextualized and evidence-based innovation policy-making. However, there are still serious obstacles as such an approach requires important knowledge and organisational capacities. Overcoming these obstacles would need more decided evaluation capacity-building at the national level.


External organisations
  • Copenhagen Business School
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Economics


  • European Union, Evaluation, Evidence-based policy, Holistic, Innovation indicators, Innovation policy, Innovation system
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)312-321
Number of pages10
JournalResearch Policy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Feb
Publication categoryResearch
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographic note

Funding Information: The authors would like to acknowledge the Foundation Archimedes from Estonia , for generous funding of Mart Laatsit with grant number is 16-4.2/773 . Publisher Copyright: © 2018 Elsevier B.V. Copyright: Copyright 2018 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.