INNOVATEC has a multidisciplinary staff with a broad experience in science, technology and innovation and provides professional and qualified services in the following areas:
DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF MONITORING AND EVALUATION PLANS
Monitoring and evaluation of research projects and programmes is becoming an integral part of science, technology and innovation policies and needs to be implemented at all levels of the research cycle (projects, programmes, strategies) by funding organizations. The need to account for public spending and to demonstrate the benefits of funding research to society are important factors encouraging research funding bodies to demonstrate the outcomes of their research.
INNOVATEC provides monitoring and evaluation consulting services to funding agencies, ministries and regional bodies, with expertise in the following areas:
- Development of web-based monitoring tools to capture and store research results.
- Design, development and implementation of Monitoring and evaluation systems, including the definition of ad-hoc indicators to measure performance against specific objectives and the necessary tools to measure them.
- Impact evaluation of research programmes.
- Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) plans for Smart Specialisation Strategies (RIS3).
INNOVATEC offers research-based consultancy. We carry out research projects to gain knowledge and capacity to better understand the difficulties that evaluation research entails, the specificities R&D activities and the impact that research interventions can produce. INNOVATEC was coordinator of the FP7 research project EVAL-HEALTH, which main objective was to develop methodologies to monitor and evaluate the impact of EU funded public health interventions in developing countries, including research projects. At present, INNOVATEC is also coordinating the H2020 project RegHealth-RI, aimed at analysing, discussing and improving the performance of health research & innovation across the different EU regions.
DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF HORIZON 2020 PROJECTS
The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 (H2020) provides financial support for Research, Development and Innovation projects for the period 2014-2020. INNOVATEC offers coordinators of future H2020 projects its support to plan, design and prepare a competitive and winning proposal. INNOVATEC has a proven experience in FP7 and H2020 projects (both as coordinators and as partners) and an in-depth knowledge of the internal evaluation procedures of the EC.
In addition, INNOVATEC can participate as partner to carry out specific tasks of your successfully funded project by:
- Organizing and implementing the project dissemination plan.
- Designing and performing the project website.
- Analysing the initial situation and the state of the art on project topic.
- Assessing the short, medium and long-term impact of the project.
- Conducting the internal monitoring and evaluation of the project.
RESPONSIBLE RESEARCH AND INNOVATION (RRI)
There is the unanimous agreement that the main barrier to science-society cooperation is that the present reward system does not recognise engagement and/or other RRI activities properly. To address this barrier, RRI activities should be evaluated and monitored and properly rewarded. Regarding this important issue, Innovatec is specifically interested in how the RRI concept/principles are taken into account for monitoring and evaluation of research and innovation activities, for example, designing and developing responsible metrics/criteria/indicators.
Innovatec is especially interested in the uptake and implementation of RRI practices in different areas of knowledge and sectors. At present, Innovatec is already participating in RRI actions such as the H2020 project HEIRRI (Higher Education Institutions and Responsible Research and Innovation), mainly focused on monitoring & evaluation of this project. Additionally, Innovatec team has participated in different expert meetings and activities from other RRI projects like RRI Tools.
Citizen science is meant as the active participation of citizens in a personal capacity (as opposite to researchers hired by public or private research organisations) in research and science and technology activities. In the last few years, it is an ever-increasing practice in plenty of EU countries and other regions of the world.
The activities related to citizen science are significantly relevant in certain areas like environment (biodivesity studies), health, or computer science. INNOVATEC is interested in analysing concrete aspects of this activity as well as in funding, evaluation and monitoring of projects, their role in science and research dissemination or the participation of civil society in scientific and research policy and its promotion.
Presently, INNOVATEC is member of the consortium of the InRoad, a H2020 project aimed at analysing and proposing measures for better synchronisation of priority settings and evaluation mechanisms for research infrastructures beyond national relevance.
INNOVATEC can provide expertise and support public organisations and institutions funding and promoting the development and implementation of Research Infrastructures.
DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF RESEARCH DISSEMINATION PLANS
Timely and effective dissemination of results has been an essential part of all research projects funded by the EC FP7 and will still be the same under the new H2020, as a means of maximizing the impact of research.
Dissemination of results is usually targeted towards the scientific community and industry, but depending on the type of project other stakeholders should also be targeted, such as media, policy makers and the general public. Dissemination planning involves not only looking at where and when the information should be disseminated but what should be communicated and how it should be presented.
INNOVATEC can be your project partner for dissemination. We have proven experience in preparing and implementing an effective dissemination strategy and in the final reporting of activities, including the design and management of the project website. We can participate as project partners and be involved at all stages and throughout the project life.
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