Now available: RIS3 Monitoring System in Greece – A Pilot Study

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With the goal of acquiring a clear understanding of what has to be done with respect to monitoring RIS3 ahead of the new programming period (2021-27), a pilot study commissioned by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has been conducted in Greece and is now available here.

The study focuses on two Greek regions (Central Macedonia and Western Greece) and the national body responsible for the monitoring of national RIS3 (the General Secretariat for Research and Technology). It examines their RIS3 monitoring systems to understand what is in place and what is missing with the purpose of identifying data gaps and other areas for improvement. An appropriate methodology was developed to collect evidence directly from the authorities, and evaluate their respective monitoring systems, aiming at the same time to provide direct advice and support. Evidence was gathered from  April to October 2019 and reflects the development of RIS3 monitoring systems up to that time.

The study finds that RIS3 requires a large number of result indicators due to its inherent complexity; most of them are different to the ones traditionally used in the Operational Programmes. The process of identifying and collecting them is costly and efforts to harmonise and consolidate at least part of the indicators may save costs and facilitate comparability. Efforts to develop a monitoring system have led to a greater appreciation of its true complexity and cost and even though significant gaps remain, data relevant to RIS3 monitoring is becoming more readily available over time. For the full list of conclusions, please access the report here.

This study was conducted in close collaboration with representatives of our regional and national government partners in Greece: Alkistis Stathopoulou, Nikos Thomopoulos and Aris Mamasioulas from the Region of Western Greec; Kostas Michailidis and Maria Goulaptsi from the Region of Central Macedonia; and Asterios Hatziparadisis from the General Secretariat of Research and Technology. The study also benefited from the contributions of Nikos Karampekios and Nena Malliou from our analytical partner, the National Documentation Centre.