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Studies and Diagnostics

We collaborate with public administrations to promote innovation and assist companies in integrating innovation into their overall strategy through planning, the analysis and evaluation of projects, programmes, plans, strategies, R&I policies, innovations, technologies, industry and entrepreneurship.

How do we carry out studies and diagnostics for public administrations?

Through extensive planning, we design regional technology plans, or RIS3: we draw up the plan, evaluate the results or impacts, as well as the strategy design process. We monitor indicators of the regional Technology Plan, or RIS3, natural resources (mining) or other sectoral technology plans (agri-food, automotive, etc.). We are also a key partner in digitalisation, both in the preparation of digitalisation diagnostics in Navarra (Spain) and in the preparation of more complex documents, such as the region’s Digital 2030 strategy.

Zabala Innovation also participates in analysing practices, strategies, policies, programmes and calls for proposals for public entities; both in the field of Innovation (preparing studies on tools in other countries/regions or benchmarking other regional calls for proposals: in sectors, themes, new instruments); and at a European level (DG Growth (2010-2016) RIM (REGIONAL INNOVATION MONITORING); DG Regio (2012-2013) RIS3; DG R&D (2015-2017); DG REGIO (2015 – 2018)).

We also help administrations evaluate projects within the framework of actions promoted by public entities.

If anything sets Zabala Innovation apart, it is our management of networks and projects. We manage networks, initiatives, projects and public programmes (including CPI); knowledge exchange platforms and networks; open calls and public programmes; development plans (innovation, proactive promotion of innovative proposals and the management of emerging projects in specific sectors or regions); cascade funding calls and the acceleration of start-ups.

Once the R&I Plan has been developed, at Zabala Innovation, we collaborate with the development and promotion of R&I, through the participation of client entities in international funding programmes and the dissemination and communication of projects and programmes. We help draft development and funding plans for regions and specific areas; we bring R&I closer to the market through the commercial exploitation of results and we manage permanent forums that promote European values in specific regions.

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Frequently asked questions

  • What is RIS3?

    National and regional research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3 strategies) consist of integrated agendas for territorial economic transformation that address five aspects: support policy and investments in the key priorities, challenges and needs of the country or region; know and use the strengths of each country or region; rely on technological innovation; are collaborative and encourage innovation and experimentation; require a system of evaluation and analysis.

  • Why should the public administration be involved in the development of innovation?

    An agile and efficient public administration is key to creating a society with a higher quality of life. But to achieve this goal, creativity and innovation are indispensable.

    Public administration must be prescriptive with respect to innovation, developing its own innovation strategy, implementing improvements in public services, and relying on other entities to define improvement actions that involve all layers of society. As several studies show, this public investment in R&D is increasing.

Francisco de Arístegui

“We provide administrations with an overview of companies' needs for effective public support for innovation. Thanks to our own methodological tools, the results are often replicable in other countries and regions.”

Francisco de Arístegui

Head of Studies for Consulting Services