Measuring and Monitoring Innovation


Pierre Therrien, OECD

Appropriate measurement of innovation is critical for policy making. Sound measurement and evidence help policy makers evaluate the efficiency of their policies and spending, assess the contribution of innovation to achieving social and economic objectives, and legitimise public intervention by enhancing public accountability. Despite advances such as innovation surveys in the business sector, current measures of innovation do not adequately take account of the key role innovation plays in today’s economy.

The OECD and the research community are working to develop a new set of indicators to examine the broader notion of innovation –beyond R&D -- and its link to economic and social performance. Different databases are used (e.g. patent data, trademark data, innovation surveys, scientific publication data) and, when possible, linked with a firm-level financial and production database to build new indicators and new analysis.

The presentation will provide examples of new indicators developed and micro-data analysis performed with these new “enhanced” innovation-related databases.

About the speaker
Pierre Therrien currently works as a Senior Administrator at the Economic Analysis and Statistic Division for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Pierre joined the OECD last August to work on different projects associated to the forthcoming OECD Innovation Strategy. He is coordinating several projects focusing on the development of new microdata-based indicators of innovation and other policy-relevant indicators related to government public support to R&D. Prior to join the OECD, Pierre worked for the Government of Canada mostly at Industry Canada, the ministry responsible for Science, Technology and Innovation policy in Canada.

Date: 06 May 2010

Time: 15:00 - 16:30


UNU-MERIT