Innovation Governance in Chile – a Methodology to Measure Cultural Elements in Innovation Systems
To assess the quality and non-quantifiable impact of these factors is a complex task. Although there are some successful examples of how to measure intangible assets, most approaches are based on complex scientific research, requiring time-consuming field work and analysis, thus rarely applied in real capacity development programmes. The challenge is to find a methodological approach to measure intangible assets that does not ignore the complexity of the innovations system process at a regional level, but provide at the same time a simple and handy enough tool to be used in the assessment of innovation systems that will provide the meaningful feedback that the decision-making process requires.
This article presents the GOA Governance and Capacities Assessment Tool©, a new method that has been tested during the implementation of the first Regional Innovation Strategy (according to the RIS methodology) in the Region of Aysen in Chile. The case of Aysen is also interesting from the point of view of promoting new types of innovation (non-technological, social, eco-innovation, innovation for sustainability), as the development paradigm of the region is based on its natural resources and on sustainable development rather than on industrial or technological growth.