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Interactive Innovation: Network analysis tool for practitioners

{Tool} Interactive Innovation: Network analysis tool for practitioners. Creator(s): Macken-Walsh, Áine; Javornicky, Martin; Forde, Aoife; Naughton, Anita; Quiédeville, Sylvain; Home, Robert; Bettoni, Maddalena; Díaz Puente, José María; Augustyn, Anna Maria and Christina Repede, Dana. Issuing Organisation(s): TEAGASC, FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, UPM - Polytechnic University of Madrid. (2022)

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Summary in the original language of the document

The network tool is used to:
• Identify crucial actors that shape the network and/or boost the innovation
• Identify actors that negatively affect the actors and/ or undermine the innovation
• Monitor the way the network develop and adapt the strategy/activities accordingly
The idea is to evaluate interactive innovation projects in terms of the role of actors’ interactivity in relation to decision-making on the innovation process (through information or knowledge exchange, and joint or cooperative research). This can be for example about the role of an actor that entered in the course of the process and that strengthened the innovation through establishing suitable connections with other actors, leading to a better decision-making process on the innovation.
The analysis of the network of actors can be made at one point of time only, or at 2 or 3 consecutive periods of time. We recommend the latter as it allows us to see the evolution of the network of actors over time.
The evaluation can be done in quasi real time, but also in an ex-post manner. An ex-post assessment means that the evaluator will reconstruct the network as it was at the period of interest.
In terms of data source, three options are possible: • The evaluator makes its own estimation of relationship level between the actors;
• The evaluator involve key actors to estimate the levels of relationships; or
• He/she asks the actors involved in the network, what their levels of relationships with the other actors are. In this case, bilateral exchanges are generally recommended. However, if actors feel or would feel comfortable to discuss this together, for example in case there is no major power asymmetries or conflicts between actors, a workshop could also be performed.

EPrint Type:Practice tool
Teaser:Tools for evaluation / impact assessment of any project/initiative involving interactive innovation. First, we’ll explain some key terms. As noted in the list of definitions at the beginning of this handbook,
What problem does the tool address?:LIAISON is a multi-actor project bringing together various researchers, actors from innovation initiatives and networks, decision-makers, and administrators from the high-level interactive related programme. The project aimed to optimise the interactivity and co-creation among different actors in innovation initiatives and deliver policy recommendations to the EU level to speed up innovation in agriculture, forestry, and rural areas. There is a need for tools for quick and relatively simple evaluation / impact assessment of any project or initiative involving interactive innovation.
What solution does the tool offer?:How diverse actors work well together is crucial for interactive innovation to deliver unique results and benefits.
End-users are invited to reflexively examine their interactive innovation process through a network analysis.
Country:Belgium, Ireland, Spain, Switzerland
Type of Practice Tool:Calculation tools, Leaflets & guidelines
Keywords:educational resources, human resources management, monitoring and evaluation, Abacus, FiBL3516205
Agrovoc keywords:
educational resources
human resources management
monitoring and evaluation
Subjects: Farming Systems > Social aspects
Research affiliation:Ireland > Teagasc - Agriculture and Food Development Authority
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Sustainability > Sustainability assessment
Italy > CREA
European Union > Organic Farm Knowledge
Horizon Europe or H2020 Grant Agreement Number:773418
Related Links:https://organic-farmknowledge.org/tool/44645, https://organic-farmknowledge.org/tool/44406
Project ID:ofk
Deposited By: Quiédeville, Dr. Sylvain
ID Code:44645
Deposited On:05 Dec 2022 10:56
Last Modified:02 May 2024 10:32
Document Language:English
Additional Publishing Information:https://liaison2020.eu/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/LIAISON-Assessment-Tools.pdf

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