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Peer eXchange and Learning (PXL) workshop on Monitoring for Smart Specialisation Strategies

General Information

Given its experimentalist and result-oriented approach, the Smart Specialisation policy concept places a strong emphasis on the role of monitoring within the policy cycle.  Monitoring refers to a set of activities regarding the ongoing, systematic collection and elaboration of information to assess progress towards the achievement of policies' intended results and outputs. Monitoring information should be used to enhance policy performance and inform future decision-making processes. Setting-up a monitoring system sounds easy, but in practice it can be quite difficult. Monitoring systems can be hard work, but they are essential if we want to improve the quality and effectiveness of policy making.

The PXL workshop on Monitoring for Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3), planned for 23rd October 2018, is part of a new series of workshops built on the peer-review methodology from the Smart Specialisation Platform. It is organised by the Smart Specialisation Platform in co-operation with MOSTA (Research and Higher Education Monitoring and Analysis Centre). It brings together national, regional and sub-regional policy makers from EU countries, representatives from the European Commission and researchers on the field. The aim is to explore the main challenges associated to the setting up of an effective monitoring system and the use of monitoring information to improve strategies' performance and future policy development.

The workshop will be organised back to back to the 'Smart Specialization: Progress and Future Prospects' one day event organised by MOSTA (Research and Higher Education Monitoring and Analysis Centre) on 22nd October.

This workshop will be based on the PXL methodology developed by the Smart Specialisation Platform.



Agenda and Presentations





Moderator:  Alessandro RAINOLDI, Head of Unit, Territorial Development, DG Joint Research Centre, European Commission


Ramojus REIMERIS, Higher Education Monitoring and Analysis Centre (MOSTA)

Jurgita STANIULYTE, Senior Advisor, Office of the Government, Lithuania

Monitoring Smart Specialisation Strategies: Recent evidence

In early 2018 the Territorial Development Unit of the Joint Research Centre carried out a survey on the Smart Specialisation experience across European regions and countries. The survey intended to take stock of Smart Specialisation Strategies implementation, identify critical issues and challenges and draw some lessons and recommendations in light of the debate on the post-2020 Cohesion Policy.

The main results of the survey will be presented during this session. The presentation will focus on respondents' views concerning monitoring Smart Specialisation Strategies.

Fabrizio GUZZO, Territorial Development Unit, DG JRC, European Commission

Challenges and Options for RIS3 Monitoring Systems

The process of designing a monitoring system for RIS3 involves a variety of components. First, the identification of the system’s goals, around which a consensus is to be achieved by key actors. Second, the integration of key principles to ensure the quality and the adequate functioning of the proposed monitoring system. Third the adoption of a suitable framework for its governance, which includes:  the allocation of clear responsibilities for building and implementing the system with the aim to ensure clear ownership; the identification of the main users to ensure political endorsement of the system;  the involvement of key stakeholders in the production of the system.
And last but not least the definition of key input, output and result indicators which are at the heart of the system. The presentation will illustrate those points on the basis of recent experiences of developing RIS3 monitoring systems.

Claire NAUWELAERS, STI Policy Expert

Presentation of the PXL methodology

This session will provide some information on the organisation of the following  PXL sessions in which each partner will provide a short account of their experience in defining and implementing monitoring for Smart Specialisation. Presentations will be then followed by a discussion of the key questions, issues and challenges proposed by the three regions under review.

Carlo GIANELLE, Territorial Development Unit, DG JRC, European Commission


Peer review session 1: Lithuania (LT) (Background document)


Coffee break


Peer-review session 2: Friuli Venezia Giulia (IT) (Background document)




Peer-review session 3: Lower Austria (AT) (Background document)


Coffee break


Collective reflection and conclusions

The three partners under review, together with MOSTA and DG JRC representatives, will comment on the main recommendations and lessons learnt emerged during the PXL exercise.

Conclusions and follow-up activities will also be provided during this final session



Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania, Vilnius

The event will take place in Vilnius at National Mažvydas Library. The library is situated in the very center of Vilnius on Gediminas Avenue, accessible by taxi or public transport, also from Vilnius International Airport. The address of the library: Gedimino avenue 51, LT-01504 Vilnius.

How to get to the venue?

To travel to/from Vilnius International Airport to the venue:

• By taxi: ~5,7 km, typically 10-15 minutes’ drive: Taxis are available in front of the Airport (please, be aware that there is not a fixed fee) General recommendation is to ask for the approsximate cost of the trip beforehand). You can also pre-book it yourself. For more information about pre-booking a taxi, please visit this website.

• By local transportation: You can easily plan your trip here. One-way trip by public transport costs 1 EUR. For tickets and information, please, see here.


Recommended hotels

Ratonda Centrum Hotels, closest to the venue, ~0,2 km, 3-minute walk
Novotel Vilnius Centre
Congress Avenue Hotel
Europa City Vilnius


More information about Vilnius

Local time in Lithuania is GMT +2. The climate of the country, ranging between maritime and continental, is relatively mild. In October, the daytime temperature reach around 6° C. Forecasts can be checked here

Contact information 

Registration information

Registration is now open until 15 October 2018.
To register, please complete the online form