The S3 Platform has just published its Methodological Manual for Developing Thematic Interregional Partnerships for Smart Specialisation. The document is practical guide to building and managing interregional smart specialization partnership.

Thanks to the job of the European Commission the manual refers to the experience gained in the context on the thematic S3 platforms. It has been prepared with the aim of assisting public authorities responsible for designing and delivering interregional investment projects in the S3 context and for ensuring that these joint projects attract sufficient private sector interest to ensure their sustainability.

The partnerships are encouraged to follow a methodology in line with a specific structure (work-flow) that takes these the partnerships through some steps as follows: learn, connect, demonstrate, commercialise and scale up. It will provide useful general principles to inform the development of more detailed practices suited to the particular circumstances of each interregional S3 partnership. More information are available here