Towards a framework for impact assessment for mission-oriented innovation policies. A formative toolbox approach

Wittmann, Florian and Roth, Florian and Hufnagl, Miriam and Lindner, Ralf and Yorulmaz, Merve (2022) Towards a framework for impact assessment for mission-oriented innovation policies. A formative toolbox approach. fteval Journal for Research and Technology Policy Evaluation (53). pp. 31-42. ISSN 1726-6629

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Mission-oriented policies (MOIP) have become important means to foster transformative change in many countries. Yet, approaches for assessing these policies' impacts are still in their infancy, not least due to the complexity of MOIP. To address this gap, we propose a toolbox approach that supports policy-makers during policy design and implementation, and allows for an identification of potential impacts by a theory-based approach. To disentangle the complexity of missions, we first conceptualize MOIPs as multiple translation processes from mission formulation and design to implementation. Each translation step shapes the policies' impacts. Based on this framework, we develop a set of specific analytical tools that are intended to support the process of bringing missions into realization, but also help to assess whether missions contribute to the postulated goals. These tools include a mapping of the socio-technical systems, a typology to explore the transformative ambition of missions, a process to develop impact pathways, an inventory of policy instruments to support the mission design, and indicators to measure mission progress along the developed pathways. Finally, we propose several analytical questions to explore the context for the development of potential impacts.

Subjects: Policy, Fields & Systems Evaluation
Studies on Evaluation
Uncontrolled Keywords: Missionsorientierte Innovationspolitik, Wirkungsmessung, Wirkungspfade, formative Evaluation
Identification Number: 10.22163/fteval.2022.540
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2022 18:03

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