IN-EUR is a Regional Initiative Project financed by IVC Programme, that is still implementing its activities. It started in 2012 and the activities closure is foreseen in December 2014. In_EUR comes from another project, named INNODEC, belonging to the former Operational Programme INTERREG III C Sud.
The original project aimed to measure the level of innovation of local socio – economic systems by a Local Balance of Innovation that the on going project is improving and testing in other territories of the European Union. IN EUR represents an answer to the need of local level territories to foster strategies for innovation and knowledge growth, and transfer the methodologies all over the EU.
The territories involved in the partnership are: the South - East Regional Development Agency of Romania, as Lead partner, and: Province of Lucca – Italy; Lithuanian Innovation Center – Lithuania; Local Councils' Association – Malta; Development Centre of the Heart of Slovenia; Bautzen Innovation Centre – Germany; Chamber of Commerce and Industry - Marseille Provence – France; Roscommon County Council – Ireland; WESTBIC- Business and Innovation Centre – Ireland.
The Province of Lucca, being the Lead Partner of the former Innodec project has been charged to coordinate two Working Packages that include the milestones of the project: the development of a tool of indicators for the measurement of the level of innovation at local level, called Adavanced Local Balance of Innovation (ALBI) and its test in three territories involved in the partnership.
The overall project objective is to use interregional cooperation to improve quality of innovation policy at local level through sharing, integrating and transferring methodologies for measuring innovation. Through improved innovation policy, based on information gained from a tested methodology and following a result orientated approach, local authorities can avoid duplication, gaps and subsequent waste of public resources.
This main goal is articulated in four sub objectives:
- To share, adapt and apply existing models for measuring local innovation;
- To enhance local and interregional cooperation on the overall theme and on specific models;
- To verify the model's effectiveness through extensive local participation;
- To mainstream the ALBI (Advanced Local Balance of Innovation) model into local policy.
The main activities that have been implemented up to now are:
- A questionnaire has been defined with the contribution of all partners to be submitted to local enterprises according to specific guidelines;
- Definition of guidelines for the submission of the questionnaire;
- Definition of the IMPLEMENTATION PLAN in order to fix the steps for ALBI model validation and objectives;
- Creation of 3 Direction Boards for the testing phase (Romania+Lithuania/Ireland+Slovenia+Malta/Lucca+ Germany+ France);
- Pilot Test – Evaluation of the Questionnaire;
The activities to be implemented are:
- Questionnaires will be previously tested and eventually revised according to the limits underlined;
- Questionnaires will be submitted in order to collect data for the ALBI Level 2;
- Survey to firms;
- Survey to business support centres;
- Each Direction Board will fill in a report containing the data collected with the questionnaire;
- The three reports will be compared and a common scoreboard will be outlined.
- On the base of the common scoreboard each partner can make its own evaluation taking into account its local dynamics;
- New innovation policy strategies can be potentially developed;
- Collecting data for the ALBI Level 2;
- Survey to firms and Survey to business support centres;
- Model validation;
- Comparing the performance of territories;
- Preliminary analysis based on Level 1 indicators.