S3 Implementation Handbook

Conceptual developments and practical implementation of the Smart Specialisation experience

Drawing on empirical evidence, "Implementing Smart Specialisation Strategies: A Handbook" is targeted at policy-makers and regional development professionals who are crafting their innovation policy according to a common set of principles and methodologies.

The handbook aims at taking stock of the Smart Specialisation experience and presenting its current state of the art, both in terms of conceptual developments and practical implementation. It addresses five key milestones of the implementation process:

  1. The Entrepreneurial Discovery Process (EDP) cycle: from priority selection to strategy implementation
  2. Good governance: principles and challenges
  3. From priorities to projects: selection criteria and selection process
  4. Transnational cooperation and value chains
  5. Monitoring
Implementing Smart Specialisation Strategies A Handbook.pdf
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