Evaluating Clusters: Where Theory Collides with Practice

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Cluster policies are widely used to strengthen regional competitiveness, yet difficult to evaluate. While academic approaches to cluster evaluation are often ignorant of the needs of policy-makers and practitioners, practitioner-led approaches often lack structure and rigour. As such, there remain significant gaps between theory and practice. The contribution of this paper is to reflect on a unique methodological approach that has regularly brought together academics, policy-makers and practitioners from around the world to collectively address the challenges of cluster evaluation. A participatory process of integrating theory and practice highlights the importance of triple helix engagement to co-design evaluation of what is a triple helix policy proposition.


Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • Glasgow School of Art
  • University of Deusto

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Systemvetenskap, informationssystem och informatik med samhällsvetenskaplig inriktning
  • Studier av offentlig förvaltning


Sidor (från-till)413-430
Antal sidor18
TidskriftRegional Science Policy and Practice
Utgåva nummer3
Tidigt onlinedatum2020 apr 17
StatusPublished - 2020 jun
Peer review utfördJa