Health

Evaluation of InnoSport

The InnoSport Foundation started in 2006 with funding from the Dutch Government. The aim of the InnoSport Foundation is stimulate sport innovations and to bridge science and society. InnoSport must be of added value for sports, companies and knowledge institutes. The main funder of InnoSport is the Ministry of VWS(port). The Ministry commissioned the evaluation…

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Evaluation of the Dutch Innovation Programme on Food and Nutrition

In the 2005 the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs introduced the ‘key area approach’ for innovation programmes in prioritised areas in the Dutch economy. In 2006 the Innovation Programme Food & Nutrition (IPFN) was established in the ‘key area’ Flowers & Food. Following an interactive approach, IPFN was developed bottom-up by Dutch multinationals, SMEs and…

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Monitoring and evaluation framework for the Joint Programming Initiative on Neurodegenerative Diseases Research (JPND)

The first Joint Programming Initiative Neurodegenerative Diseases, in particular Alzheimer’s Disease (JPND) has been launched in September 2010. This is a European Union member state led initiative to tackle one of the ‘grand challenges’ which faces EU society, namely that of neurodegenerative diseases. This button-up initiative brings together 27 European countries developing amongst others a…

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Assessing the research potential of access to clinical trial data

Clinical trials generate systematic and vital information about the efficacy, safety and quality of medical interventions. However, there has been much discussion about the degree to which trial results and the underpinning data are currently made available to researchers outside of the team that conducted the original trial. The primary aims of this study, commissioned…

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Evaluation of the Developing Operational Research Capacity in the Health Sector Project

Low and middle-income countries remain overburdened with infectious diseases such as TB, Malaria, and HIV/AIDS. Operational Research (OR) aims to provide robust evidence to policy makers in an effort to influence actions and improve public health and health service delivery in effected countries. Unfortunately, there are very few front line health practitioners that are trained…

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Review Product Development Partnerships for fighting poverty related diseases

Every year, poverty related diseases affect millions of people in the developing world. Yet, in the absence of clear profit potential, pharmaceutical companies are reluctant to invest in the development of treatments to fight these diseases. In response to this market failure, in the mid-1990s Product Development Partnerships (PDPs) emerged. PDPs use private sector approaches…

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Assessment of the performance and impact of the first programme of the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP)

The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) was created in 2003 in response to the global health crisis caused by the three main poverty-related diseases HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The first EDCTP programme was aimed at accelerating the development of new or improved drugs, vaccines, microbicides and diagnostics against these three diseases. EDCTP…

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Feasibility Study for the Design and Implementation of Demand-side Innovation Policy Instruments in Estonia

The Baltic office has conducted a feasibility study for the design and implementation of demand-side innovation policy instruments in Estonia. The aim of the study was to analyse whether and how the demand-side innovation policy instruments can be used in smart specialisation areas in Estonia (ICT horisontally in other areas, health and health technologies, better use of…

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