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[Regional Workshop] Developing Key Performance Indicators to evaluate Science and Technology Parks in the MENA region

Tags: MENA Region / 2015
  • Starts: May 25, 2015
  • Ends: May 26, 2015
  • Location: Elgazala Technopark, Ariana Governorate, Tunisia
  • By: European Investment Bank, Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI), UN ESCWA Technology centre, ISESCO, El-Gazala Technopark
  • The European Investment Bank (EIB), through the Centre for Mediterranean Integration (CMI), the UN ESCWA Technology centre, the ISESCO in their joint efforts to promote science and technology parks in the MENA region will organize in cooperation with El-Gazala Technopark a workshop on Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Science and Technology Parks (STPs) on the 25th and 26th of March 2015, in Tunis, Tunisia.

     

    Building upon the regional workshops held in Casablanca in November 2013 on the Governance and Management of STPs in the MENA region, as well as the workshop held in Ankara in June 2014 on Knowledge Valorisation Ecosystems in STPs, this forthcoming workshop will aim to develop a metrics of KPIs that are suitable to audit, measure and evaluate the activities of Science and Technology Parks in the region.

     

    Background

     

    Establishing metrics to evaluate the performance and the impact of the different functions within a STP is crucial to evaluate the impact of a science and technology park from financial, economic and social-economic perspective or during taking strategic and operational decisions. Moreover, measuring the performance of STPs through a set of performance indicators helps managers to identify areas of improvement and it shows local partners how STPs are contributing to and actively supporting local businesses and community at a macro level.

     

    The metrics to gauge a STP’s success differ from one STP to the other depending for example on the selected business model and operations, maturity levels, stakeholder/governance structure and its economic and financial mission. Some of the sets that have been already developed include the Turkish set of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to track the progress of its STPs and Innovations zones and the set developed by Manchester science Park that focuses on measuring the success of mature science parks.

     

    The workshop will work on introducing tools that helps in establishing this metrics. One of these tools that might be used to define the relevant metrics of KPIS is the business model canvas. The business model canvas describes the rational of how an organization creates, delivers and captures value. The Canvas can become a shared language that allows STP managers to easily describe, compare and redesign their parks’ business models. 

     

    Downloads

     

    - Agenda

    - Participant List

    - Performance Indicators provided by ODTU.TEKNOKENT

    - JRC Technical Reports - The Role of Science Parks in Smart Specialization Strategies

    - Measuring the success of science parks: performance monitoring and evaluation

    - Summary Report