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England: Policy mix and implementation of the RIS3. DRAFT: CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY. Riga, 25-26 February 2014 Sue Baxter: Department for Business, Innovation & Skills. S3 Status: Where are we now?.

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England policy mix and implementation of the ris3
England:Policy mix and implementationof the RIS3


Riga, 25-26 February 2014Sue Baxter:

Department for Business, Innovation & Skills

S3 status where are we now
S3 Status: Where are we now?

  • Development of a single RIS3 for England – combining ‘bottom up’ proposals from 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships - within wider national strategic policy framework (national innovation & industrial strategies)

  • Endorsement of ‘Draft for Peer Review’ by Minister of State for Universities & Science within wider Ministerial support for S3

  • LEP proposals for Strategic Economic Plans & EU SIF Investment Strategies received by Government

  • Assessment of innovation elements based heavily on testing S3 criteria

  • Recommendations to be made to Growth Programme Board (Ministers, Government Departments, delivery partners, & local actors (LEPs, universities, municipalities, business & rural representatives etc.)

  • Some ‘ready’, most ‘nearly ready’ & some ‘not ready’


Successes in s3 development
Successes in S3 Development

  • Engagement & debate about Smart Specialisation across all 39 LEPs, embedded within wider local Strategic Economic Plans

  • Closer collaboration between Government Departments, delivery partners and local actors

  • Renewed debates about how local areas can benefit from, & contribute to, national policies & programmes

  • Stronger collaborative leadership for innovation at local level; incl. especially businesses & universities

  • Stronger evidence base at national & local levels, including ‘heat maps’ & detailed quantitative data at LEP level

  • Building consensus on focusing on commercialisation & on a limited number of priorities

  • An informed & pragmatic approach to building synergies with H2020 etc

  • Some larger LEPs voluntarily opted for local S3 strategies e.g. Manchester (peer reviewed), Liverpool, North East, Tees Valley, Cornwall & LEPs collectively in West Midlands


Proposed strategic governance of s3
Proposed Strategic Governance of S3

Smart Specialisation Leadership Group

Smart Specialisation

Advisory Hub

Growth Dashboard

Annual Innovation Report

What Works Centre

for Local Growth

Higher Education Business Survey

H2020 Contact Points

Formal Evaluations

Local Innovation Leadership Boards


A strategic policy mix national s3 priorities
A Strategic Policy Mix:National S3 Priorities


Assessment of lep proposals
Assessment of LEP Proposals

  • Evidence of a a planned and staged approach, especially as set out in the RIS3 guide

  • Evidence of a local ‘search’ process, supported by ‘heat maps’ & detailed quantitative data

  • Production of a local SWOT analysis or similar

  • A focus on a limited number of priorities - appropriate to each locality

  • Identifying contributions to, & benefits from, the Industrial Strategy

  • Local ‘niche’ specialisms where these can be evidenced


Synergies esif h2020 etc
Synergies: ESIF & H2020 etc


Source: European Commission

Synergies esif h2020 etc current approach
Synergies: ESIF & H2020 etcCurrent Approach

UK-wide workshop to explore synergies, alignment & engage stakeholders

Realistic & incremental - recognising the differences (in purpose, targeting, outputs & programming).

Focused on the downstream – with some limited upstream activity , especially in areas trailing the EU2020 target

Start with sequential approach (not simultaneous) to funding

Practical actions – flat rate cost options, two stage application process, notification of calls


Work in progress to be completed
Work in Progress / To be completed

  • Developing an on-line platform to join up University research & expertise with business needs.

  • Kick start an Advisory Hub on Smart Specialisation to support LEPs & other local partners

  • Monitoring & evaluation strategies to be agreed by the Growth Programme Board when fully established

  • Exploring feasibility of aligning some national ‘competitive’ funding programmes with proposals in LEP Strategic Economic Plans [See question 1]

  • Identifying & driving forward opportunities to work collaboratively, building stronger value chains across England and internationally [See question 2]

  • Result indicators that reflect Smart Specialisation – rather than standard innovation metrics (see question 3)


Questions for peers 1
Questions for Peers (1)

How to better to connect the local to the national?

  • Why: National projects serve a national purpose but are often delivered in a local place – & local partners are often very keen to host these projects

  • Why: National projects need to serve businesses across the country

  • Why: Projects designed locally are often better embedded in the local economy - but some could be more effective if better linked to national projects based elsewhere

  • Current state of play: Many LEPs are keen to make good use of national projects delivering in their local area but the design of some national projects makes it difficult to target services to particular places

  • Challenge: How to build better joint understanding of the different motivations & limitations in the design of both local & national projects? How best to deal with issues of institutional ownership & leadership?


Questions for peers 2
Questions for Peers (2)

How best to build wider horizons?

  • Why: The concept of S3 supports ‘connectedness’ in a globalising economy i.e. the building of value chains of trade, finance, knowledge, brands etc. across ever wider areas of geography

  • Current state of play: Radically simplified design of new ESIF in England removes many artificial funding boundaries: Currently designing administration systems to facilitate collaboration across LEP boundaries; new Regulations also allow up to 15% ESIF to be spent outside the programme area.

  • Current state of play: Many LEPs very interested in collaboration across boundaries but their initial focus and attention is often on their own local area

  • Challenge: How to build impact with more working across borders; within England across LEP borders, internationally (e.g. H2020) and on a transnational basis (e.g. Interreg)?


Questions for peers 3
Questions for Peers (3)

  • How to develop Smart Specialisation result indicators (as opposed to standard metrics for innovation)?

    • Why: We need to know what we are trying to achieve & to measure progress ; baselines & targets are necessary

    • Why: We need indicators that reflect Smart Specialisation rather than traditional approaches to measuring innovation. The concepts within Smart Specialisation are probably best measured with qualitative indicators

    • Current state of play: ESIF Regulations now allow for qualitative indicators but these are difficult to define and to measure.

    • Challenge: How can qualitative indicators be better understood and be used to measure performance of Smart Specialisation?