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Guidelines for Territorial Impact Assessment Applied to Regional Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation

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Abstract

The main rationale behind the production of a TIA is that the large majority of EU-funded programmes and policies have indirect or direct impacts on most of the dimensions of territorial development. Taking into account that, in the set of public policy instruments of the European Union Cohesion Policy 2014–2020, regional smart specialisation strategies (RIS3) were one of its most important ‘flagships’ and that its relevance will be reinforced in the 2021–2027 programming period, it is crucial to continue to deepen and refine the application of Territorial Impact Assessment (TIA) approaches to RIS3’s design, monitoring and evaluation processes. Thus, the main objective of this chapter is to contribute to the construction of a more integrated and multidimensional approach with regard to the application of TIA to RIS3’s implementation and management.

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  • Territorial Impact Assessment
  • Regional Smart Specialisation Strategies
  • EU Cohesion Policy 2021–2027

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  1. 1.

    For more details see ESPON website: https://www.espon.eu/news-events/espon-2006-2013-events/espon-2013/workshops/workshop-%E2%80%9Cterritorial-impact-assessment%E2%80%9D

  2. 2.

    For more information about the K4G see: http://ec.europa.eu/invest-in-research/monitoring/knowledge_en.htm

  3. 3.

    For example, firms, universities and public agencies, science and business parks, business angels and venture capitalists

  4. 4.

    See, e.g., COM(2018) 321 final, 2.05.2019; SWD(2018) 283 of 29.05.2018

  5. 5.

    See https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/law-making-process/planning-and-proposing-law/better-regulation-why-and-how_en

  6. 6.

    According to Fabbri (2019: 1) in the Tuscany Region, ‘territorial proofing’ has been considered as “a synthesis of Territorial Impact Assessment and Rural Proofing” with the aim of providing a place evidence contribution on the relevance of strategic roadmaps and their expected impacts at territorial level.

  7. 7.

    Regarding this issue, the system of indicators of RIS3 for Andalucia, Spain already includes a module of indicators for compliance with SDGs in this region.

  8. 8.

    For more details see Eye@RIS3 in S3 Platform.

  9. 9.

    On this issue, Heiden et al. (2017: 13) analyse the question of territorial sensitivity and how this, associated with the level of exposure of the territory to the policies, determines a certain territorial impact.

  10. 10.

    For Fabbri (2019: 4) “evolution initiatives will be carried out with regards to the behaviour of beneficiaries to investigate whether there has been an acceleration in scaling up innovation, if there are some path creation dynamics and how those new paths can be associated to the strategy in a counterfactual perspective”.

  11. 11.

    According to Caldeira (2019: 1). “One main tool to promote this objective was the named ‘mobilizing projects’, large scale R&D projects, aiming precisely at providing the appropriated ‘organizational’ framework and support. Naturally, it will take several years to confirm if the results from these projects will match the stated objectives, but can we check if the process is moving in the right direction?”.

  12. 12.

    In the specific case of the Provence, Alpes, Côte d’Azur Region, the focus is on a “targeted innovation policy” and on “smart specialisation sustainability”.

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Neto, P., Santos, A. (2020). Guidelines for Territorial Impact Assessment Applied to Regional Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation. In: Medeiros, E. (eds) Territorial Impact Assessment . Advances in Spatial Science. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-54502-4_12

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