Workshop on Smart Specialization Strategy


Title                 Measuring S3: theory and practice

Date                 15-16 March 2018

Venue             Contamination Lab

Università Politecnica delle Marche – Facoltà di Ingegneria Polo Monte Dago, Ancona

Rationale        One of the main novelties of the Smart Specialization Strategy is the introduction of an on-going monitoring activity aimed at evaluating the actual realization of the planned actions and their results. This evaluation may lead to a reconsideration of S3 goals and/or the means to achieve them.

The main aim of S3 is the increase of employment and income. However, the effectiveness in reaching these targets can be evaluated only in the long run. For the monitoring of the S3, it is necessary to identify a set of indicators that allow the on-going evaluation of its effectiveness.

Moreover, these indicators should be mainly quantitative so as to measure to what extent S3 goals have been effectively achieved.

Aims               The main aim of the workshop is to discuss the methodology adopted by regions for the monitoring of theS3. Specific emphasis is given to methodologies that allow for a quantification and measurement of S3 implementation and results. The workshop addresses both the theoretical underpinnings of such methodologies and the problems arising from its practical implementation.

Participants    Scholars interested in the design and evaluation of innovation policy National and regional officials involved in the design and implementation of the S3


Local organizing committee


Diego D’Adda Donato Iacobucci Roberto Palloni



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15 March – Measuring S3 design and implementation

14.00            Welcome coffee

14.15            Introduction

Donato Iacobucci – Università Politecnica delle Marche

14.30            The Experience of Smart Specialisation Implementation in EU Cohesion Policy

Raquel Ortega-Argilés – Birmingham Business School

15.15            Measuring coherence and relatedness in S3

Diego D’Adda – Università Politecnica delle Marche

16.00            Knowledge space evolution and the adaptive resilience of European economies

Silvia Rocchetta – University College Dublin; Andrea Mina - Sant’Anna

16.45            Coffee Break

17.00            Green technologies and S3: a European patent-based analysis of the intertwining of technological relatedness and Key-Enabling-Technologies (KETs)

Sandro Montresor - Kore University of Enna, Italy

17.45            Measuring connectivity in S3

Roberto Palloni - t33 Sound Policy, Università Politenica delle Marche

18.30            End of the first session


16 March – Evaluating S3 implementation

8.30              Welcome coffee

9.00              How Might RIS3 Link to Other Areas of Intervention? Challenges from Demography and Urban Regeneration

Philip McCann – Sheffield University

9.45              The role of universities in S3

Lidia Borrel-Damian – European University Association

10.15            Financial instruments supporting S3: a view from fi-compass (EC – EIB platform for Financial Instruments)

Alessandro Valenza - t33 Sound Policy

10.45            Coffee Break

11.00                           The experience of Italian regions on the implementation of S3

-          Silvano Bertini - Regione Emilia Romagna

-          Angelita Luciani – Regione Toscana

-          Patrizia Sopranzi – Regione Marche

12.30            Discussion and conclusions

13.00            End of the workshop