The CLUSTERS3 project aims at improving the regional policy instruments of the participating regions committed to cluster based economic development. And more specifically, the performance of cluster organizations in the development of global value chains and in leveraging the regional smart specialization strategies (RIS3) implementation.
As advisory partner, one of TCI's roles in the project is identifying and selecting external experts in the field of cluster policy and smart specialization to carry out peer reviews in 6 partner regions.
TCI can draw on the experiences gathered through the own TCI Peer Reviews carried out so far in Norway and Catalonia.
In addition, TCI gathers very experienced cluster practitioners, 10 of which will act as international experts:
As a result of an open call, these experts were chosen applying the following selection criteria:
The two-day peer reviews will include interviews with local stakeholders as well as an in-depth workshop with an extended local team in order to learn first-hand from main actors about the current state of the art on cluster development in the region, the latest progress and plans under development and to have an in-depth guided reflection on how cluster-based efforts should evolve and adapt to best align themselves with the specifics of the RIS3 strategies for the region.
The reviewers will elaborate a report with key observations and recommendations taken out from the on-site visit and interaction with the hosting region.
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