Throughout the years, the JRC has developed a solid framework for monitoring, in response of a very strong demand from national and regional authorities. As the end of the programming period approaches, it is time to debate on the state of the art of monitoring activities and how to evaluate S3.
In order to address these aspects, it is necessary to build a space for communication between researchers and practitioners, based on shared empirical and conceptual ground. This document proposes the agenda for one workshop aimed at strengthening such common space.
The workshop pursues two main objectives:
strong>Share the JRC knowledge and work on monitoring which include:
A basic conceptual framework for S3 monitoring, illustrated in detail in a Massive Open Online Course, available on the iversity platform
Empirical evidence on S3 monitoring related issues (state of the play, challenges, obstacles, etc.) collected through surveys and workshops.
Start building a conceptual framework for S3 evaluation.
The workshop shall be dynamic, including elements of dialogue and interaction with participants, highlighting the links with the experiences of researchers and practitioners in the audience.
09:30-11:00 Monitoring Smart Specialisation – the JRC work
The JRC work on monitoring has identified two sets of challenges for S3 monitoring. Some are technical/conceptual in nature, whereas others are organisational and, de facto, underpin the former, namely:
Technical and conceptual challenges
Monitoring S3 priorities
Organisational challenges (I.e. Enabling conditions for S3 monitoring)
Capacities within public administration
Engaging stakeholders in monitoring
In the introductory session of the day, Carlo Gianelle, Fabrizio Guzzo and Elisabetta Marinelli will explain these aspects by going through the evidence collected through participatory and analytical activities conducted by the JRC, as well as the framework developed within the Massive Open Online Course on S3 monitoring. Following the presentation, there will be an open Q&A with the public.
Following their presentation, Dr Henning Kroll and Mr Manuel Paris will discuss the presentation, providing insights (and criticism) from their experience.
The session will close with a Q&A aimed at understanding whether there is a shared understanding on monitoring Smart specialisation and –if not- identify the critical points and discuss them.
11:30-12:30 Monitoring S3: from the general to the specific
The technical challenges (and the underpinning organisational ones) exposed in the first session will be discussed in the second part of the morning, with three experts involved in S3 monitoring from different perspectives (Academic, National and Regional policy maker/practitioner). The three experts will provide examples from their monitoring systems and discuss them in light of the general framework presented by the JRC. The session will be chaired and moderated by Mr Ken Guy.
13:30-15:15 From monitoring to evaluation: what, how and why
As the debate on S3 monitoring reaches maturity, it is necessary to start reflecting on the following logical and chronological step: S3 evaluation.
The session will revolve around the following questions:
What questions should an S3 evaluation answer? Why?
How should we evaluate?
The relationship between monitoring and evaluation
Timescale for evaluation
The presenters have been chosen because they can contribute to the discussion with different perspectives and methodologies. Following the presentation there will be an open discussion, the JRC will seek to understand, from the public, whether there are differences in thinking about evaluation among practitioners and researchers.
Angelos Sanopoulos – Monitoring and Evaluation Factory
Moderator Elisabetta Marinelli, JRC
15:15-15:45 Coffee break
15:45 – 16:15 Evaluating Smart Specialisation: where to start
In this session, Ken Guy will bring together the different contributions of the day and provide suggestions on how to start thinking about Evaluating S3. The presentation will be followed by a short Q&A.