Innovation and the Regional Fund
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One of the very large programme initiatives with increased focus on innovation is being carried out in the Regional Fund programmes 2007-2013. This programme initiative also illustrates the difficulties of evaluating what can be obtained from large programmes aimed at increasing the focus on innovation in more than 250 EU regions. It is difficult to evaluate whether to use the planning-steered developmental model or the development-supportive evaluation model. With the planning-steered developmental model, it is not only difficult to determine performance, but there is also the risk of steering incorrectly in implementation and use of resources. Nor can definitive results be demonstrated from the programme initiative with the developmentsupportive evaluation model. However, the initiatives and activities that should lead to changes in structures and processes can be shown, and thereby the foundation for innovation and sustainable development is identified and can be examined.