, Volume 70, Issue 1, pp 85–106 | Cite as

What indicators do (or do not) tell us about Regional Innovation Systems

  • Jon Mikel Zabala-Iturriagagoitia
  • Fernando Jiménez-Sáez
  • Elena Castro-Martínez
  • Antonio Gutiérrez-Gracia


This paper analyses some of the methodologies and R&D and innovation indicators used to measure Regional Innovative Capacity in Spain for the period 1996–2000. The results suggest that the approaches examined are not sufficiently rigorous; they vary depending on the methodology and indicators employed.

Therefore, we would suggest that the right balance between quantitative and qualitative approaches could produce a better evaluation of innovation system performance which would be more useful to policy makers and other stakeholders.


Innovation Policy Composite Indicator Regional Innovation Spanish Region Regional Innovation System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jon Mikel Zabala-Iturriagagoitia
    • 1
  • Fernando Jiménez-Sáez
    • 1
  • Elena Castro-Martínez
    • 1
  • Antonio Gutiérrez-Gracia
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto de Gestión de la Innovación y del Conocimiento, INGENIO (CSIC-UPV)Universidad Politécnica de ValenciaValenciaSpain

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