SIPER has been developed by Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR), Alliance Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester, as part of the European Commission’s RISIS project (http://risis.eu/). MIoIR is a world-leading institute studying management and policy of science, technology and innovation. For more details, please see the MIoIR website.

The SIPER database is in a process of continuous updating, with new evaluations being added. Until the database contains a fully comprehensive set of evaluations, any differences in numbers of evaluations per country will not reflect the actual number produced by that country and is only an artefact of the search process. Until the database is complete, country comparisons will not be possible.

Motivation

We believe that effective policy making depends on evidence and learning.

Across the world, numerous avenues of support for science and innovation exist. These are provided by governments, ministries, agencies, together with international and supranational organisations and a host of non-governmental organisations such as charities, etc.

However, all these actors continually seek to determine the effects of their policy interventions – how well are they being managed? – what results have been achieved? – how effective or efficient is their implementation? – what impact have they had?

Evidence of these effects is typically generated through a process of evaluation, generally either carried out in-house or commissioned from external actors. A vast number of evaluations have been done to assess the effects of an enormous range of policy instruments and together these constitute an incredibly valuable resource for policy learning.

However, these evaluations are published in an enormous variety of locations and, even given the power of today’s search engines, are not readily traceable. In addition, very few have been systematically organised according to their major features (such as the type of policy intervention on which they focus).

This is where SIPER aims to make a difference.

Objectives

SIPER (the Science and Innovation Policy Evaluations Repository) is a central source of knowledge on science and innovation policy evaluations. Its aim is twofold:

Our primary audiences are: policy makers concerned with the design, implementation, management and evaluation of science and innovation policy interventions and instruments; evaluation practitioners; and those engaged in research (in both the public and private sectors) into science and innovation policy evaluation and the broader area of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) studies.

We aim to include all evaluations of science and innovation policy programmes conducted after the year 2000 (although we will include earlier, ‘seminal’ evaluations) from around the world, starting with a focus on the OECD members. Our aim is to gradually reach over one thousand documents and to include evaluations in all major languages.

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Project team

SIPER is run by a team based at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR), at The University of Manchester.

Team members are:

Additional support with the collection of evaluation documents and their characterisation is provided by:

SIPER is part of the wider Research Infrastructure for Research and Innovation Policy Studies (RISIS) project funded through the European Commission 7th Framework Programme. The SIPER team is working in close cooperation with the OECD and World Bank to integrate SIPER into the Innovation Policy Platform (IPP).

Funder

SIPER has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement n°313082.