Make your smart specialisation work better!

Additional tools


Curious to see how you can make your smart specialisation strategy more effective?

Ready to design better policy interventions in the area of innovation, entrepreneurship and competitiveness?

Interested in working with leading experts from the World Bank Group?

Join us at the ComPEL Impact Evaluation workshop that will take place from 11 – 14 January 2022.

Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy and the World Bank Group are collaborating on a project to improve the effectiveness of smart specialisation strategies.

During the project, the World Bank will support selected project teams and public authorities/agencies to design and implement rigorous impact evaluations of their public policy interventions linked to smart specialisation in the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation and competitiveness.

To start with, we are organising an impact evaluation workshop for 10-15 project teams that will take place from 11 – 14 January 2022 in a European capital (TBC). We are looking for teams interested in conducting a rigorous impact evaluation in one of the following policy areas related to smart specialisation:

  • Entrepreneurship / Business Start-up
  • Innovation / Technology Adoption
  • Management Capabilities / Skills development

In the workshop, project teams will be matched with experienced researchers from academia and international organisations to develop a concept presentation for their impact evaluation projects. In addition, the workshop will feature keynote lectures on smart specialisation by international experts, shorts presentations on relevant impact evaluation methods and recent impact evaluations in the S3 policy areas by experienced researches.

We will cover costs during the workshop for up to 4 members of the project teams (including most meals, accommodation, and conference arrangements) and project teams will only have to pay travel to/from the venue.

Interested to join? Check the Background Note for additional information on the selection process, funding details and guidance to complete the application form.

Questions? Join us for one of the information sessions on 8 September and 13 September at 12:00 CET:

Click here to join the info session on Wed., 8th Sept., 12h  

Click here to join the info session on Mon, 13th Sept, 12h  

Interested teams should apply via the short Expression of Interest form before 17 September 2021.