Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation


Measuring Innovation

A New Perspective

Measuring Innovation: A New Perspective presents new measures and new ways of looking at traditional indicators. It builds on 50 years of indicator development by OECD and goes beyond R&D to describe the broader context in which innovation occurs. It includes some experimental indicators that provide insight into new areas of policy interest. It highlights measurement gaps and proposes directions for advancing the measurement agenda. This publication begins by describing innovation today. It looks at what is driving innovation in firms, and how the scientific and research landscape is being reconfigured by convergence, interdisciplinarity and the new geography of innovation hot spots. It presents broader measures of innovation, for example using new indicators of investment in intangible assets and trademarks.  Human capital is the basic input of innovation, and a series of indicators looks at how well education systems are contributing to the knowledge and research bases. Further series examine how firms transform skills and knowledge, and shed light on the different roles of public and private investment in fostering innovation and reaping its rewards, with concrete examples from major global challenges such as health and climate change. Measuring Innovation is a major step towards evidence-based innovation policy making. It complements traditional “positioning”-type indicators with ones that show how innovation is, or could be, linked to policy.  It also recognises that much more remains to be done, and points to the  measurement challenges statisticians, researchers and policy makers alike need to address.

Published on May 25, 2010Also available in: Spanish, French


Acronyms, Country Groupings and Abbreviations
Towards a Measurement Agenda for Innovation
Data sources
Innovation Today17 chapters available
Sources of growth
New sources of growth
Intangible assets
Innovation beyond R&D
Protection of innovation
Mixed modes of innovation
Collaboration in innovation
Mapping hot research areas
Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research
New players in research
Scientific collaboration
Clusters of knowledge
Innovation hotspots
Science for environmental innovation
Technological innovation for climate change
Transfers of environmental technologies, notes and References
Empowering People to Innovate8 chapters available
Basic scientific skills
Tertiary education
Doctorate holders
Skills mismatch
International mobility
Entrepreneurial talent
Innovative workplace and skills for innovation
Consumers' demand for innovation, notes and references
Unleashing Innovation in Firms5 chapters available
Entry and exit
Mobilising private funding
Policy environment
Young and innovative firms, notes and references
Governments and smart infrastructure
Investing in Innovation8 chapters available
Firms investing in R&D
Firms investing in innovation
Government funding R&D
Higher education and basic research
Information and communication technologies
Firms and smart infrastructure
Measuring innovation in the public sector
Multilevel governance of innovation, notes and references
Reaping Returns from Innovation5 chapters available
Scientific collaboration
Science and industry linkages
Knowledge clusters
Knowledge circulation, notes and references
Addressing Global Challenges3 chapters available
Climate change
Other environmental challenges, notes and references
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