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Methodological guide for the analysis of local innovation needs

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE

For each of the eight key points, the guide proposes that local action groups and the other rural players develop their knowledge of the area in order to make a more comprehensive analysis of local innovation needs.

For each of these eight key points, a concise sheet presents several essential questions that rural actors could ask as much to acquire a better knowledge of the area as to identify specific challenges and analysis of local innovation needs. Only some questions may be relevant for a given area. Likewise, the examples proposed are only there to illustrate some possible answers.

This guide is not intended to be all-inclusive, additional questions may be asked depending on each specific situation. It does not offer a closed framework but encourages rather discussion at local level.

It may be used as a group exercise and be the subject, if necessary, of specific working groups for each topic.

On each key point, the guide may be used in several ways:

  • to identify problems relevant to the local situation;
  • to list for each of these relevant problems the specific local opportunities and constraints;
  • to identify current innovative actions, examine how they respond to the analysis of the situation;
  • to identify the innovation needs that remain to be satisfied;
  • to see how to better take into account these innovative needs in the context of the rural innovation programme.

As far as current or planned innovative actions are concerned, this guide is furthermore a means for a more thorough analysis. It is therefore a complement to the "Methodological Guide for the Analysis of an Innovative Action" published previously.

The eight key points can in fact serve as tools:

  • to bring out the main elements of innovation of an action in relation to the area;
  • to consider locally how to enhance this action, taking into account other dimensions;
  • to draw useful lessons and, if need be, to facilitate the transferability.

The eight key points were selected as one of the tools to analyze the projects selected for the data bank "Innovative actions" set up by the LEADER European Observatory.

This guide may be used at regular intervals throughout the existence of LEADER II. It is therefore possible to regularly update the analysis of the situation and local innovation needs.


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