|The principle goal of Complex Challenges, Innovative Cities (CCIC) project is to improve regional innovation policies by enhancing innovation in the public sector and increasing collaboration between local and regional authorities, public entities, and other stakeholders. Its key assumption is that public sector innovation is about new ideas that work towards creating of added public value. By exchanging good practices, project partners will address a set of interlinked challenges faced by all public authorities and related to innovation in the public sector. Especially interesting to the project are topics such as: public finance for innovation; public authorities as innovators and innovation stimulators; public attitudes to innovation; public procurement to support innovations. At policy level CCIC will contribute by proposing recommendations to different levels of governance through focusing on the regional dimension of the EU, as defined by the Europe 2020 Strategy and the European Commission’s “Innovation Union” flagship initiative.
Project activities are distributed across 5 distinct phases, and target primarily local and regional authorities in 14 European cities, nonprofit organizations, policy administrators and decision-makers, public officials and officers, and include:
- Identifying good practices – draft methodology on overall local/regional innovation performance; compile a list of good practices by theme to be peer-reviewed by thematic groups; hold local public forums in each of the involved cities;
- Comprehensive analysis of best practices and elaboration of an analytical report on innovations in the public sector; prepare database of good practices in public sector innovation and resulting effects;
- Study visits to investigate good practices and learn about local approaches to public sector innovation; identify potential for knowledge transfer; publish best practice guide;
- Select good practice to be adopted; organize deep delegation program for policy-level exchange visits; finalize report and recommendation for the adoption of innovations in the public sector.
The project is managed by a consortium of 14 partners from 10 EU member states, of which 8 are local or regional authorities, three are nonprofit organizations with expertise in innovation fostering and technology transfer. Sofia Municipality, Bulgaria, is the coordinating partner, with others including:
Applied Research and Communications Fund, Bulgaria;
Aberdeen City Council, United Kingdom;
Birmingham City Council, United Kingdom;
Municipality of Catania, Italy;
Harghita County Council, Romania;
City of Jyväskylä, Finland;
Local Development Agency of Sabadell SL, Spain;
Science Park Tartu, Estonia;
City of Warsaw, Poland;
Genoa Municipality, Italy;
Eindhoven Municipality, the Netherlands;
Lazio Region, Italy;
Gävle Municipality, Sweden.
The project is financed by INTERREG IVC, and will last 36 months (January 2012 – December 2014).
Zoya Damianova, zoya.damianova(at)online(dot)bg
Ventseslav Kozarev, ventseslav.kozarev(at)online(dot)bg.