We don’t typically write blogs to announce new European funding programmes, but the H2020 2018-2020 work programme just approved by the European Commission has good news for everyone who wants to see innovation agencies across Europe becoming more experimental and evidence-based.
Today we are opening the IGL2017 Global Conference. Around 250 policymakers, practitioners and researchers from over 30 countries are coming together in Barcelona to explore new innovation, entrepreneurship and growth policy ideas.
Every year we spend quite a lot of time thinking about the key challenges that innovation policymakers face. These are some of the questions that we think are important, and that we will be discussing at the IGL2017 Global Conference in Barcelona on 13-14 June:
Recent years have seen a growing interest and increasing uptake of experimental methods in government. Around the world, we see a growing number of governments taking up experimental approaches to tackle complex issues and generate better public outcomes.
There is growing public concern about the challenges the economy of the future presents. From automation to rising inequalities, governments are looking for ways to tackle these issues while rekindling growth rates that have been, in many advanced economies, sluggish.
Our estimates for the spending on business support across the European Union, based on our research for the UK, indicate that as much as €152 billion were spent in 2014. In this blog, we explore what this means for Europe, and what could be done better.