The Working Group for ‘Cluster Monitoring and Evaluation’ (M&E) aims to share experiences among partners and from external experts on what can be measured and how, and to support regions develop new indicators and/or processes for monitoring cluster initiatives. The working group is led by Region Skåne and has involved all ClusteriX 2.0 partners.
In the Spring of 2017, Region Skåne approved the initiation of a 5-year cluster development programme, with the aim of fostering added value and competitiveness for companies and other organizations in the form of innovation, knowledge, growth, solutions to societal challenges, international work and increased regional investments. The strategy included a plan for regular (annual) reporting and biennial evaluations for all cluster initiatives in the region’s cluster programme.
As a result of policy learning activities within the Interreg Europe project ClusteriX 2.0, Region Skåne identified the need to improve its monitoring and evaluation practices to support its own and ClusteriX 2.0 partner regions’ efforts to develop new, innovative models for monitoring and evaluation of cluster initiatives.
The aim of the working group on Monitoring & Evaluation within ClusteriX 2.0 is to highlight the variety of experiences and share good practices and lessons learned from among partners and from external experts on what can be measured and how, as well as to support partners’ efforts to develop new indicators and/or processes for monitoring cluster initiatives (and other forms of collaborative initiatives).