Evaluation of Walloon Competitiveness Clusters

Publication date: 1 February 2014 | Report language: EN

The Walloon Institute for Evaluation, Prospective and Statistics, (IWEPS), asked Technopolis to evaluate the results of the Walloon policy for competitiveness clusters which were first implemented in 2005 in this Belgian region. The Walloon competitiveness clusters policy aims to increase the competitiveness of the regional economy through research, innovation and the networking of actors. It mobilises businesses, research organisations and training organisations on joint projects. This evaluation aimed to inform decisions on the continuation of this policy and to assess individually whether to maintain, or not, the official accreditation of each pole (“label”). Beyond these specific objectives, the study also contributed to improving the overall support for competitiveness of the Walloon economy through innovation. We built a tailor-made approach for this evaluation to produce a robust assessment of the results achieved by the competitiveness clusters. Our approach notably included: