Design and Evaluation of Innovation Policy in a Developing Country Context (DEIP)

Malaysia aspires to become a high income economy by 2020. The New Economic Model (NEM) announced by the government in March 2010 aims to achieve inclusiveness and sustainability through a model of growth driven by innovation and reforms. The Tenth Malaysia Plan sets out specific policy actions to support an innovation-led growth along four key dimensions namely, shaping a supportive ecosystem for innovation, creating innovation opportunities, putting in place innovation enablers, and funding innovation.

Innovation rests on structures of institutions and innovation performance depends on the functioning of these institutions. Thus, policy design should take a system approach whereby innovation performance is evaluated based on how the sets of institutions function in an innovation system. The NEM calls for a clear and transparent process for setting priorities in the promotion of innovation. The Government will need to continue evaluating the impact of policies and programmes aimed at achieving the desired outcomes of economic transformation driven by innovation.

The objective of this course is to understand some concepts, practices and techniques related with the design and the evaluation of innovation policies. The content is focused on the role of innovation policy in developing countries, where particular attention is given to the needs of Malaysia and middle income countries. The role of innovation in both the global and local context, as well as the link with topics such as education, intellectual property rights, and structural transformation are part of the main subjects of the course.

Venue: Putrajaya, Malaysia

Date: 31 October-04 November 2011


UNU-MERIT