Toolbox

The Online S3 Platform hosts a total of 29 tools covering the complete RIS process. We welcome your feedback through the questionnaire. We also host online forums to ask questions about and discuss the individual tools.

In order to use some of the tools we provide, you will need to create a (completely free) user account for the Online S3 Platform. This is used mainly so that we can store and load data and results that you have created with some of our tools. Please sign up here.

Phase 1 – Governance

Identifying the process stakeholders and forming the process organisation.

1.1 Vision sharing

Allows RIS3 managers and facilitators to create visually attractive infographic material on RIS3.

1.2 Stakeholder engagement

Engage with your stakeholders in the RIS3 process on an online ideation forum.

1.3 Debate at a glance

Enables participatory deliberation using functionality like argument mapping.

1.4 Legal & administrative framework

Provides an overview of ERDF regulations and EU processes of selecting and funding projects.

Phase 2 – Analysis of context

Analysis of context is concerned with gathering data about the region of concern in a particular RIS3 process.

2.1 Regional assets mapping

A comprehensive and up-to-date mapping of the key regional assets.

2.2 Research infrastructure mapping

A comprehensive and up-to-date mapping of the existing and planned research infrastructures across the EU regions.

2.3 Clusters, incubators & innovation ecosystem mapping

Defining the framework, concepts and categories for mapping the innovation ecosystem of each region.

2.4 Benchmarking

Compare the performance of a region with regions that are structurally similar.

2.5 Regional scientific production profile

Production of ‘scientific profiles’ for regions based on Web of Science (WoS) data, Scopus and Google Scholar data.

2.6 Specialisation indexes

Technological and economic indexes for understanding the position of regional activities in global value chains.

2.7 SWOT analysis

Analysis of regional strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats is a key starting point for applying more elaborate RIS3 methods.

Phase 3 – Strategy formulation

Elaboration of an overall vision for the future of the target region.

3.1 Collaborative vision building

Tailored online guidelines on the necessary additional steps to arrive at a shared vision for regional Smart Specialisation strategy.

3.2 Scenario building

Creates different scenarios to illustrate visions of possible future or aspects of possible future.

3.3 Delphi – Foresight

Delphi is the most emblematic Foresight or future studies method. The method makes the data collection and analyses faster and easier.

Phase 4 – Priority setting

Identifying and defining concrete and achievable objectives to be prioritised in the region.

4.1 EDP focus groups

Supports focus groups of stakeholders and business leaders involved in the EDP process, and the communication of conclusions about the opportunities emerged by the l assl and national authorities.

4.2 Extroversion analysis

Detects possible industry segments in which regions present increased extroversion, in terms of exports, attraction of FDI, or other forms of regional openness.

4.3 Related variety analysis

Calculates the Related/Unrelated variety entropy indexes. It will compare 2-digit and 5-digit sector shares (%) and will estimate the entropy index for regions.

Phase 5 – Policy mix

Defining a coherent policy mix, roadmaps and an action plan.

5.1 Intervention logic

Allows to identify if different policy measures are coherent with the vision and objectives of the region.

5.2 Action plan co-design

Co-design is a well-established approach in the process of creation, particularly within the public sector.

5.3 Budgeting

Provides a framework for using different budgeting methods (incremental, zero budgeting) to capture the funding dimension.

5.4 State aid law compliance for RIS3 implementation

Aims at constraining the funding possibilities of public authorities to sustain competition within the internal market.

5.5 Calls consultation

Enable RIS3 stakeholders to assess calls for projects under SF operational programmes that are made by regional authorities.

5.6 Innovation maps

Online visualisation tool that teases out information about regional technological trends using grant data.

5.7 Open data tool

Data repository that allows for a finely grained tracking of projects and initiatives implemented in each region with a link to respective S3 priorities.

Phase 6 – Monitoring and evaluation

Keeping track of an RIS3 process implementation and its outcomes as well as reassessing ongoing RIS3 processes given new evidence.

6.1 Monitoring

Collects and processes information about the achievement of expected results and the degree of implementation of policy measures.

6.2 Definition of output and result indicators

Output and result indicators constitute an essential part of RIS3 monitoring and evaluation.

6.3 Balanced scorecard

Ensures that the activities are in line with its vision and strategy, and monitors the performance against strategic goals.

6.4 Beneficiaries and end users’ satisfaction online survey

Enables the collection of micro data directly from the beneficiaries and ‘end-users’ of public policies implemented through S3.

6.5 Social media analysis

Offers simple indicators on the overall RIS3 process by using data coming from social media, such as Twitter or Google trends.