Devolved Administrations’ Innovation Activity: new report

TitleDevolved Administrations' Innovation Activity
Publication DateFebruary 2018
Published BySmart Specialisation Hub
Author(s)Dr Etienne Bailey, Lyuba Dimitrova
Format | SizePDF | 1MB

The Smart Specialisation Hub is pleased to announce the release of its new data report, Devolved Administrations’ Innovation Activity (DAIA). This new publication extends the Hub’s ongoing comparative analysis work to include Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, thereby providing a comprehensive, place-based overview of innovation activity across the United Kingdom. The report is available to download above, or from the Hub’s Library.

Demonstrating innovation across the UK

Expanding our comparative analysis to the UK as a whole is a natural step in the evolution of the Hub’s data activities. This new publication builds on the framework detailed in the Hub’s existing landmark report, Mapping England’s Innovation Activity (MEIA), which responded to a need for a comparative representation of innovation activity across England’s 38 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).

Although this report is not presented as a fully comprehensive view, it can be used to encourage engagement and discussion around innovation data, provide a comparable and evidenced overview of national innovation activity and allow areas to assess their comparative strengths based on activity.

DAIA uses the same six indicators used to measure innovation performance as detailed in MEIA; these include measures of research and business innovation activity from sources including the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), Scopus, Innovate UK and the Intellectual Property Office (IPO).

Involving our stakeholders; improving our offer

This new framework is also the result of ongoing, direct conversations with our stakeholders. Throughout the past year, we have sought out suggestions and feedback for how the team could improve our analysis and add to the data we provide. Along with capturing emerging innovation activity and providing more sector granularity, extending the Hub’s comparative analytical function to the Devolved Administrations featured highly in terms of anticipated and impactful future data outputs.

Therefore, adding the Devolved Administrations to this analysis was a natural step for the Hub. The new data report provides a clear and comprehensive breakdown of innovation activity across a range of industry/technology sectors and relevant sub-geographies.

We hope that you find this report useful as a response  to both the growing appetite for UK-wide comparative innovation analysis, and as part of the Hub’s updated policy focus on place.

Granularity across the Devolved Administrations

Dr Steve Welch, Director of the Smart Specialisation Hub, says:

“This new report gives a clear and comprehensive breakdown of innovation activity across a range of industries, sectors, and relevant sub-geographies.

“It adds to our overview of innovation activity, and allows us more granularity for analysis of how innovative sectors are spread across places and clusters within the UK.

“We look forward to working further to demonstrate the UK’s ongoing advances within innovative sectors.”

The Hub welcomes your feedback on any of its activity. If you have any comments, suggestions, or views on this report, or suggestions on any further analytical work you would like to see, please do get in touch.

About the author

Etienne is the Research Analyst for the Smart Specialisation Hub. Utilising the analytical skills developed during his PhD, Etienne’s main remit is to provide an evidence base to profile innovation performance both within and across LEPs in England.
1 Response
  1. Hi, Grateful if you could indicate who you engaged with in the Northern Ireland Devolved Administration to help inform this report.

    Many thanks
    Gillian Gregg – MATRIX (NI Science Industry Panel)

    Strategic Policy Division – Department for the Economy (NI)

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