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A simple yet powerful tool to support policy analysis
and discovery for better decision-making

The STIP Compass is an initiative of the European Commission and the OECD 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 aims to become a central platform for policy research and advice supporting government officials, analysts and scholars. Data is freely accessible following the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Re-usable). The STIP Compass incorporates more than 500 interactive dashboards and provides a sophisticated search tool with smart filtering that facilitates policy discovery. These interfaces allow users to seamlessly query the database to identify country policies on a wide range of STI policy issues.

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There are two ways to access the data in STIP Compass:

(1) Interactive dashboards for viewing the data on countries, policy themes, policy instruments, and policy target groups. STIP Compass has more than 500 interactive dashboards, each incorporating several panels with related data.

(2) Policy explorer for searching the data, using keywords and refinement criteria.

Resources

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 2017 EC-OECD STI Policy survey data available in Excel and in machine readable format. Since the EC and OECD are updating the dataset on a continuous basis, new versions will be regularly posted. 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 2017 EC-OECD 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.

Related Projects

Innovation Policy Platform (IPP)   | Research and Innovation Observatory (RIO)  | Smart Specialisation Platform (S3 Platform)  | Research Infrastructure for Science and Innovation Studies (RISIS)  |  Knowledge in the making in the European society (KNOWMAK)  |  UNESCO GO-SPIN

Latest news

Launch of the STI Outlook 2018, 19 November 2018

The Secretary General of the OECD, Mr. Angel Gurría, launched the OECD Science, Technology and Innovation Outlook 2018 in the presence of Dirk Pilat and Andrew Wyckoff (Director), OECD Science, Technology and Innovation Directorate (DSTI). #OECDSTIO

VIII Annual International Academic Conference 'Foresight and STI Policy', Moscow, 15-16 November 2018

The conference, gathering researchers and practitioners in the field of STI policy, was organised by HSE Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge. STIP Compass was presented during a BRICS workshop which examined STI trends in these countries, with the goal to identify priorities for cooperation and to promote new international partnerships in education and science.

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Impact of R&I Policy, Vienna, 5-6 November 2018

Organised under the patronage of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the conference gathered academics and evaluators to discuss the challenges of generating, understanding and assessing societal impact through R&I policy. STIP Compass was introduced as a valuable resource for policy evaluation that allows cross-country comparisons of programmes and the exploration of national policy mixes.

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Future STIP Compass developments

The launch of STIP Compass is the starting point of a journey towards an integrated knowledge management system that supports STI policy analysis. A first priority is to improve data quality so as to increase the reliability of data analysis.

Other developments in the pipeline over the next two years include:

  • • Developing new dashboards to view the data
  • • Extending the range of linked open data
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  • • Building taxonomies to improve search and discoverability of the data
  • • Assembling a community of users to help guide future developments