Latin America and the Caribbean

Innovation Indicators for Latin America Workshop


Innovation Indicators for Latin America Workshop

OECD Conference Center Room 16
2 rue André-Pascal, 75016 Paris
19 March 2009








Introductory Remarks

  • The OECD Innovation Strategy (Fred Gault, Innovation Strategy Management Team)
  • Measuring Innovation Performance (Alessandra  Colecchia, OECD/STI) 
  • The Latin America Innovation Project (Jeff Dayton-Johnson, OECD/DEV)
  • The Latin America Innovation Index (Nils Fonstad, INSEAD)




          Coffee Break





   Session 1: Composite Indicators: Rationale, Construction & Use

Chair: Fred Gault, International Development Research Centre, Canada

The European Innovation Scoreboard: Evolution and Lessons Learnt

Hugo Hollanders, UNU-MERIT

The NESTA Experience: the UK Absorptive Capacity Index
Sami Mahroum, OECD/STI



  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of composite indicators? How can weaknesses be addressed?
  • How do policy-makers view composite indicators? What matters for their impact?
  • What lessons can be learned from existing indices?




          Lunch Break




      Session 2: Building an Innovation Index for Latin America

Chair: Jeff Dayton-Johnson, OECD/DEV

S&T Indicators in Latin America: an Overview
El Estado de la Ciencia 2008  ( Ricyt )

Diana Suárez, RICYT


Indicators on Science, Technology and Innovation 2009
Juan Carlos Navarro, IDB



  • Is there anything different about innovation in Latin America? Which features of national innovation systems in Latin America should be taken into account when building such an index?
  • How can the Global Innovation Index be adapted to become a reference indicator of innovation in Latin America?
  • Are there particular challenges regarding data availability/quality? How can they be addressed?




     Session 3: Methodological Issues

Chair: Jeff Dayton-Johnson, OECD/DEV

Methodological Issues in Building Composite Indicators
Andrea Saltelli, European Commission, Joint Research Centre



  • What are the main methodological challenges and their solutions? How should these be implemented in practice considering simplicity as a key objective for the indicator?
  • Are there methodological issues that matter specifically for the Global Innovation Index which contains more variables than other indices and has a different mix of qualitative and quantitative variables?





     Wrap up: Next Steps for the Project

Jeff Dayton-Johnson, OECD/DEV


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