Please note that the European Cluster Observatory does not claim to have identified the ideal policy or policy mix for all regions, as there is no one-size fits all approach nor understands better than regional policy makers the "weight" of different policy measures. Therefore, with the relevant justification, policy makers are urged to propose different/additional approaches, policy measures and even scoring points/criteria for their region. This Self-Assessment Tool is intended to help landing a reflection on how to improve or out in place policies with regard to cluster development that are in line with the suggestions of the Smart Guide to Cluster Policy.
Following your answers are compared to the indicators of the Regional Ecosystem Scoreboard along six dimensions such as:
Your answers reflect that:
The spider diagram below is illustrating both your answers and the score of the selected peer region. Please bear in mind that this does not mean a judgement about your region or performance but has the objective to spark reflection and should be followed up with a further analysis.
The scores and area highlighted in blue show the performance of the selected region. The scores and area highlighted in pink display the results of your answers to the questions asked in question set 1. This overview may indicate, for instance, whether your regional policy has been considered sufficiently across the six dimensions of the regional policy priorities. In addition, the comparison between the two results (i.e. blue versus pink) may provide further input for a policy discussion. For instance, on whether the policy approach in your region focusses on addressing bottlenecks.
The pyramid below is divided into the three sub-dimensions “Analysis”, “Strategy” and “Action”, where each section represents the respective section of the “Level of good cluster policy” questionnaire. For each category a maximum score of 100% can be achieved. Depending on how many points were reached, the relevant section is filled with red (Neutral approach), yellow (Limited approach) or green (systemic approach) color. Thus the scores reached in the sub-dimensions are both, the achieved percentage of the maximum score, as well as the level of “systemic cluster policy approach” of the corresponding region. If the entire pyramid is green, your cluster policy meets the standards as defined by the Smart Guide of Cluster Policy. Elements of the pyramid that are red or yellow indicate areas where you should further develop your cluster policy.
As the sections "Analysis", "Strategy" and "Action" should build on one another, decreasing percentages from below upwards follow even more a systemic approach then the other way around.
Your answers reflect that:
Each reply corresponds to a type of policy approach. The typologisation follows the logic of following groups:
|Neutral approach||Cluster development is promoted only through vertical measures without horizontal integration|
|Limited systemic approach||Policies and programmes promote cluster development mainly through vertical measures with limited horizontal integration.|
|Systemic approach||Policies and programmes are element of a systematic approach to cluster development|