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What is STIP Compass?

STIP Compass is a joint initiative of the European Commission and the OECD that aims to collect together in one place quantitative and qualitative data on national trends in science, technology and innovation (STI) policy. The portal supports the continuous monitoring and analysis of countries’ STI policies and seeks to become a central platform for policy research and advice supporting government officials, analysts and scholars. Through its various interfaces, you may seamlessly explore and download data to analyse country policies on a wide range of STI policy issues. Data is freely accessible following the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Re-usable).


The STI policy analysis community can also analyse the data to answer its own questions. The EC and OECD are committed to open data access and have made the latest STIP Compass database fully portable and downloadable via a query builder tool. The data model used to structure STIP Compass can also be viewed here and reused in other information management systems using this machine readable format.

Data caveats

Open data should be reused responsibly, and users should exercise care when using the STI Policy survey dataset. The data consists of self-reported descriptions of (mostly) national STI policy initiatives, collected through the biennial EC-OECD STI Policy survey of (mostly) government ministries. While the EC and OECD strive towards a harmonised approach for reporting policy initiatives, countries still vary in the ways they report their STI policies. Some countries have provided complete and detailed information on their policy initiatives, others less so. This is essential to keep in mind when doing cross-country comparisons. Care should also be exercised when interpreting the data. For example, what meaning should be given to the fact that one country uses twice as many policy initiatives than another to address the same policy theme? Does it mean the countries vary in the policy attention they give to the policy theme? Or does it mean one country is more efficient than the other in addressing the policy theme? Such questions are difficult to answer even with detailed research and certainly cannot be answered using the STIP Compass dataset alone.

Six benchmarking studies of international good practice in STI policy

74 case studies representing a set of good practices, as part of an international policy benchmark exercise using STIP Compass data and involving 20 OECD Member Countries and Partner Economies in 6 themes.

The benchmark has been financed and commissioned upon request of the French Surveillance committee of investments for the future, in the context of the socio-economic assessment of the first phase of the Programme d’investissements d’avenir (PIA). Read more.

STIP data to support research for sustainable development: An OECD STI Policy Papers

A dive into the heart of the nine policy initiatives from different OECD countries that support research and innovation for sustainable development by embracing systemic solutions to address the challenge.

Initiatives reviewed include: i) grant schemes that support the development of environmental technologies; ii) programmes that foster research collaborations to address environmental challenges; and iii) smart city initiatives that support sustainable development in urban areas often by leveraging the use of digital technologies. Read more.

How do we collect data?

The STIP Compass monitoring tool systematically collects in a harmonised way quantititative and qualitative data on national STI policies. It addresses all areas of STI policy, including initiatives spread across different ministries and national agencies, with competence over domains as broad as research, innovation, education, industry, environment, labour, finance/budget, among others.

Data are gathered using the online questionnaire tool based on the Limesurvey open source software, which has been further tailored to allows the survey’s National Contact Point (NCP). The monitoring tool was implemented to allow countries to update the information provided in the survey on a continuous basis. The database is unique in its scope, nature and scale and has become a major international tool to monitor and analyse countries’ science and innovation policies.