The EDP needs to go beyond the prioritisation phase and permeate policy making at different stages. It is particularly important to involve stakeholders in policy implementation, as it ensures actors' trust and commitment to the strategic objectives of the S3, as well as alignment of market needs and opportunities with policy intervention.
As a result of the EDP stock-taking exercise that took place in Slovenia, a number of partnerships were established to support S3 implementation. These partnerships are open entities, where representatives from business, research, academia, NGOs, public sector may join or leave the group at their own initiative. However, partners are be required to provide their own funding as a way to guarantee engagement and cooperation. The internal management structure of the partnerships is tailored according to the technology and market-specific characteristics of each S3 domain, with some transversal partnerships covering more than one domain. Partnerships have the objective, among others, to maintain open dialogue throughout the policy cycle (implementing the EDP as a flow). This modus operandi was approved by all stakeholders, as it appeared clear that the process of identifying and focusing on investment priorities should be a continuous living and changing one.
During the preparation of S3 a substantial shift occurred, a drive to change the mind-set and perception of key actors including businesses and researchers. After many networking events, promotional activities and consultations, stakeholders no longer looked at the process from afar but are now taking ownership of it and co-creating trends and policies.
- See the country’s S3 webpage (in Slovenian)
- European Commission (2016) Smart Stories - Implementing Smart Specialisation across Europe, European Commission Publication Office.
Entrepreneurial discovery process, continuous EDP, priorities, stakeholder platforms