Twinning partners

SCINNOPOLI Partners have involved in total 10 twinning partners into in-depth exchange on SCINNOPOLI methodology and Good Practices (GPs) during the project runtime. Several twinning partners have participated in the SCINNOPOLI interim conference „INNOVATION MARATHON 2010” in November 2010 in Poznan/Wielkopolska or in the final SCINNOPOLI conference in Gyor/West Transdanubia in November 2011

Twinning partners are either regional authorities responsible for innovation policy, public intermediaries in the field of regional/national innovation policy or working groups of national programmes dealing with impact evaluation of regional innovation policies.

The twinning partners are in detail:

Warmia Mazury (PL) – the Marshal Office of the Polish region of Warmia Mazury is working on setting up a regional support system for SMEs and thus is interested in case studies concerning the monitoring and evaluation of support services. Wielkopolska had continuous exchange with Warmia Mazury during the SCINNOPOLI project and presented Good Practices like SIS from Bretagne and Flemish Innovation Network from Flanders. Representatives of Warmia Mazury visited Lower Austria in July 2010 in order to learn from the Continuous Improvement Process RIS Lower Austria and the related monitoring/evaluation activities like the SCINNOPOLI GP Balanced Scorecard Methodology.

Opolskie Centre for Economy Development OCRG Opolskie (PL) – in the field of regional innovation policy, as the managing institution of Regional Innovation Strategy implementation acting on behalf of the Self-Government of Opolskie, the Centre supports activities for effective regional innovation system creation. OCRG has actively participated in the SCINNOPOLI interim conference „INNOVATION MARATHON 2010” in November 2010 in Poznan on invitation of the host region Wielkopolska. In a workshop with regional stakeholders of Opolskie in May 2011 Lower Austria has introduced SCINNOPOLI and related GPs as examples for “Cooperation of actors as a condition of efficiency of Regional Innovation Systems” accompanied by additional discussions with OCRG about the relevance of the SCINNOPOLI approach for the Opolskie region.

Syntens Limburg (NL) – Syntens, the Dutch innovation network for entrepreneurs, supports business people in small and medium-sized businesses through countless activities and projects in the broadest sense of the word. The aim is to increase the revenue of those companies by means of innovation and improvement. As a partner of IMPACTSCAN, one of for SCINNOPOLI’s GPs, Syntens Limburg and IWT Flanders changed experiences about the IMPACTSCAN follow-up in both regions and additional SCINNOPOLI GPs like BSC Balanced Scorecard and additionality studies.

Italian Programme "Support to Regional Research and Innovation Policies" (IT) – exchange with several Italian regions has taken place through ARTI’s participation in a working group of this programme dealing with the impact evaluation of regional innovation policies. The regions of Sardegna, Toscana, Emilia-Romagna, Lombardia, Piemonte, Lazio, Abruzzo, Campania, Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Umbria, Basilicata and Marche have been involved. ARTI exchanged its experience in importing and adapting two GPs in the framework of SCINNOPOLI, in order to set up: A) a monitoring and evaluation system for intermediaries and B) the methodology and tools for carrying out an evaluation of the additionality of public funding for research and innovation in SMEs. A wider diffusion of the general results of the SCINNOPOLI project was also performed in this context.

Central Transdanubia Regional Development Agency CTRDA (HU) – representatives of Central Transdanubia exchanged information about SCINNOPOLI methodology and Good Practices with WTRDA. Furthermore representatives of Central Transdanubia have also participated in the final SCINNOPOLI Conference in Gyor in November 2011. Central Transdanubia has particular interest in the Innovation Audit practice of IWT and will check the transferability for a potential import and adaptation.

South Transdanubia Regional Development Agency STRDA (HU) – representatives of South Transdanubia exchanged information about SCINNOPOLI methodology and Good Practices with WTRDA. As in South Transdanubia the review process of the RIS is in a similar phase to that of West Transdanubia further transfer of GPs like SIS from Brittany can be of interest in the future. Representatives of South Transdanubia have also participated in the final SCINNOPOLI Conference in Gyor in November 2011.

Republic of Serbia – initially interested in the methodology and tool of the predecessor project ARISE, representatives of the Ministry of Economy and Regional Development of the Republic of Serbia and of further national authorities actively participated in the SCINNOPOLI interim conference „INNOVATION MARATHON 2010”. In addition a meeting was organised on initiative of PACA and invitation of Lower Austria in order to gain insights from SCINNOPOLI and earlier pilot projects (ARISE, IMPACTSCAN, Euro-COOP, IASMINE etc).

CDTI (Centre for Industrial Technological Development) (ES) – CDTI is a Business Public Entity, answering to the Spanish Ministry for Science and Innovation, which fosters the technological development and innovation of Spanish companies. Since 2009 CDTI channels the funding and support applications for national and international R&D&I projects of companies from all Spanish regions. Navarra has introduced the SCINNOPOLI approach and single Good Practices to the Directorate of Performance Monitoring and Indicators. CDTI has participated in the final SCINNOPOLI Conference in Gyor in November 2011.

Salzburg (AT) – The government of Salzburg was interested in twinning activities with Lower Austria on SCINNOPOLI methodology and GPs due to similar circumstances and pre-conditions in terms of their regional innovation policy and related monitoring. Of particular importance for Salzburg was Lower Austria’s GP Balanced Scorecard and the applicability of single BSC indicators for Salzburg. This discussion benefitted a lot from Lower Austria’s experiences from the SCINNOPOLI Transfer Workshops and the Staff Exchanges.

ZukunftsAgentur Brandenburg (D)ZAB (ZukunftsAgentur Brandenburg GmbH) was founded in 2001 as a one-stop agency for support to SMEs and technology-intensive businesses that are contemplating investments in Brandenburg (Germany). The Agency supports companies with its contacts in the region and its expert knowledge of the business incentives developed by regional agencies, the German government and the European Union. ZAB is very interested in the concepts of monitoring and measuring the impact/ result of business development tools and therefore hat meetings with WTSH in order to learn from SCINNOPOLI GPs and experiences.