A European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS) has been in place since 2001. Its main purpose has been to offer a comparative assessment of the innovation performance of Member States and to inform innovation policy discussions at national and European level.
In the Innovation Union Communication and after consultation with Member States, the set of indicators in the previous EIS has been amended to improve their international comparability and complemented with a number of research oriented indicators in line with the purpose of monitoring the implementation of the Innovation Union Communication. The Scoreboard includes the small set of innovation indicators recommended by the High Level Panel besides the single headline innovation indicator (see Commitment 34A).
The main obstacle to its production is the timely availability of data to populate the indicators and obtain comparable data for all EU member states and for international comparisons. This is why Eurostat has traditionally been closely associated to this exercise, and will prioritise work needed to support the Scoreboard.
The objective of the annual Innovation Union Scoreboard, is to help monitor progress in the research and innovation performance of Member States and the EU as a whole and assess the impact of the policies set out in the Innovation Union and identify weaknesses which require a policy response. The Scoreboard provides a broader assessment of research and innovation performance, than the single headline innovation indicator (commitment 34A). As such, it should be a core element in the annual progress report on the Innovation Union. It will be complemented by qualitative analysis and more detailed quantitative reports, such as the Innovation Union Competitiveness Report.
Following the methodological redesign of the European Innovation Scoreboard in 2010, the first edition of the Innovation Union Scoreboard (IUS 2010) was published on 1 February 2011. The second edition (IUS 2011) was published on 7 February 2012.
The Commission (DG ENTR) has put in place a service contract with a consortium of external experts for the delivery of the annual Scoreboard and a number of supporting papers. In addition, the Scoreboard benefits from methodological contribution from EC Joint Research Centre. The data is provided by Eurostat, OECD, UN and Science metrix/Scopus.
The next edition of the report, IUS 2012, is expected to be published in February 2013.