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Training Course

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

Bogotá, Colombia, 12-16 September 2011

Deadline for application: 8 july 2011.

Preliminary programme

The United Nations University- Maastricht Economic and Social Research and Training Center on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT), Maastricht and COLCIENCIAS, the Administrative Department of Science, Technology and Innovation of Colombia are jointly organizing a training course on the Design and Evaluation of Innovation Policy (DEIP). The course will be held in Bogota, Colombia from 12-16 September 2011.

The document, ‘Bases para el Plan Nacional de Desarrollo 2010-2014’, places innovation at the base for development in Colombia. This is the result of the recent effort to enhance the role of innovation policy, reflected in the approval of the science, technology and innovation policy (Conpes document 3282/2009 and law1286/2009). In this context, understanding the opportunities and challenges that innovation policy brings for developing countries becomes essential.

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 Latin America. The role of innovation in both the global and local context, as well as the link with topics such as education, intellectual property rights, structural transformation and social inclusion are part of the main subjects of the course.

After attending the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Better appreciate the various components of an innovation policy and especially to distinguish between financial and non-financial instruments and their impact;
  2. Understand the importance of policies to increase the supply of technically trained human resource for R&D and other innovation activities;
  3. Improve the collection and presentation of conventional indicators and innovation surveys so as to use them to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of specific instruments of innovation policies;
  4. Familiarize themselves with methods of policy evaluation;
  5. Improve the understanding and use of innovation system perspective as a focusing devise in formulating policy and strategies to identify and promote productive activities in the context of a rapidly changing global economy and;
  6. Appreciate how innovation policy can be useful in global competition and policy learning.

The Teaching staff
The training will be conducted by distinguished lecturers from United Nations University- Maastricht Economic and social Research and training center on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT), Maastricht and from various institutes in Latin American countries. Several experts will be invited from the region or other developing countries to reflect the experiences and needs of Latin America.

Venue and Date
Bogota, Colombia, 12-16 September 2011, Auditorio Principal – COLCIENCIAS
Cra. 7B bis No. 132-28

Target Audience
Senior and middle level officials dealing with science, technology and innovation in Latin-American countries. This includes personnel of Ministries of Science and Technology, Ministries of Industry and Economy, Officials involved in Education Policies and University Governance, Representatives of Sectoral Chambers of Commerce, Trade Union Representatives, officials of relevant pro-development NGOs and other policy supporting institutions and agencies based in developing countries in the region and personnel from the private sector involved in strategic planning with regard to innovation. Participants from Latin American countries other than Colombia are welcome to participate.

Number of participants: 60

Selection of the candidates:
The candidate's qualifications, experience, and the relevance of their present work to innovation and policy making, will be the main selection criteria.

Course Completion Certificate
All participants who successfully complete the course will be given a course completion certificate.

Reading Materials
Participants will be provided with a compilation of key reading materials in English .

Course fee
There is no course fee for participants. Participants from outside Colombia are expected to arrange for their own travel funding.

Colciencias offers 30 scholarships to pay for transport of participants who are coming from outside of Bogota D.C. These candidates will be selected jointly by Colciencias and UNU-MERIT.  Eligibility for the scholarship will be announced on 3, June, 2011 on the Colciancias' web-site.

The language of the training will be English (in particular with regards to the international speakers), however local speakers could lecture in Spanish. Simultaneous translation will be also provided. The lecturers will be a combination of international and regionally based speakers.

Training Course Topics

  1. Innovation process, system building and policy
  2. Tapping into global knowledge in a globalized world economy
  3. Innovation system building and industrial development
  4. Financial instrument for innovation
  5. Innovation and social inclusion
  6. Policy to promote cluster and value chains
  7. Policy to promote better University-industry linkages
  8. Policy for education, human resource and Diaspora in leveraging innovation

(2) Specific issues on innovation
(a) Promotion of non traditional exports and innovation
(b) Agriculture and innovation
(c) Intellectual property rights and development: opportunities and threats; patents as an innovation tool
(d) New technology Based enterprises and its contribution to structural transformation

 (3) Implementation and Evaluation

  1. Introduction to Logic of evaluation
  2. Using conventional indicators of policy outcomes
  3. Using non-conventional indicators: innovation surveys survey design, survey implementation and analysis
  4. Challenges and in design of innovation survey in Latin America
  5. Evaluation methods and monitoring



Application deadline is 8 july 2011.
Selected candidates will be notified before 15 July 2011.

Please send your application form and CV to any of the contacts cited below. The application form can be also downloaded from the following link:

Sra. Eveline in de Braek
DEIP Programme
Keizer Karelplein 19, 6211 TC Maastricht , the Netherlands.
Fax: + 31-43-388 4499

Sra. Claudia E. Obando Rodriguez Asesora
Direccion de Desarrollo Tecnologico e Innovacion
Departamento Administrativo de Cienca, Tecnologia e Innovacion (COLCIENCIAS)
Cra 7b Bis No. 132-38 Casa A2

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