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Capacity Building Programme on Trans-National Cluster and Innovation Systems in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR CBP)
Start date: Dec 31, 2008, End date: Jan 23, 2010 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project is a “spin-off” from the BSR InnoNet being one of four European inno nets in the European Cluster Alliance launched by DG Enterprise. The BSR InnoNet has the objectives to establish a shared conceptual framework for cluster policy formation in the Baltic Sea Region and to establish trans-national cluster focussed innovation programme(s). Partners and participants in the BSR InnoNet are national ministries responsible for innovation policy and national/regional innovation agencies of the Baltic Sea Region countries, the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Nordic Innovation Centre. This project is based on the BSR InnoNet’s Task Force on Capacity Building, approved by the BSR InnoNet Steering Committee. The Task Force, a leading transnational team of experts in cluster formation and capacity building has proposed design and implementation of a number of training modules to the public actors in the Baltic Sea Region. BSR InnoNet has financed development of the Task Force’s plan. However, no budget is available to implement the activities. During two annual rounds of national consultations demands of capacity building activities have been clearly identified as documented in the BSR InnoNet report Mapping of National Cluster Policies and Programmes in the Baltic Sea Region. All ministries voice strong needs of training in cluster facilitation and management as well as training of civil servants in design and implementation of cluster support programmes. For more details, please look in the BSR InnoNet report. Project partners are the Triangle Region, Denmark (founding father of the Danish Cluster Academy), the Swedish governmental agency for innovation systems VINNOVA and the Latvian Investment and Development Agency, LIIA. Lithuanian Innovation Centre and West Pomeranian Regional Development Agency serves as subcontractors to LIIA. Objectives of the project are to design and pilots training modules on basic and advanced cluster facilitation and management and on design and implementation of public cluster support programmes. The target groups are public actors e.g. managers from cluster organisations, business support organisations and civil servants from local, regions and national level in the Baltic Sea Region. The project contains design and pilots of 2 modules on basic training to be implemented at regional or national level, 3 modules on advanced training to be implemented at trans-national level and 3 modules on public cluster support programmes to be implemented at trans-national level. The tested training modules will be merged into the coming trans-national cooperative strategic platform in the Baltic Sea Region. As well, the platform continues the BSR InnoNet’s activities from 2010. Development of the platform is an integrated part of the project’s sustainable dissemination. Achievements: During the periode August 2009 to April 2010, 2 policy workshops have been designed and implemented as part of the WP5 activities. The workshops have been targeted policy makers at national and regional level working with cluster and innovation programs. The first workshop had the theme "Implementation and Evaluation" and focused on how to implement and evaluate cluster and innovation policy programs. The Swedish VINNVÄKST program and the Norwegian NCE program served as learning cases. The 2-day workshop was held in Denmark in September 2009. The second 2-day policy workshop took place in Sweden in October 2009 with the theme "Evaluation and Policy Learning" on cluster and innovation policy programs. The Swedish VINNVÄKST program served as a learning case. Approximately 45 policy makers and 7 trainers participated in the two workshops. The policy workshops in the BSRCBP project has been a first attempt to exchange experience and build new competences for policy makers in the BSR working with cluster- and innovation programs at both the national and regional level. And as such the transnational policy workshops has proved to be a good platform for discussing key issues in designing, implementing and evaluation clusters- and innovation policy programs in the BSR region and will serve as a good platform for future knowlege exchange and learning among policy makers in the BSR. In order to bring forward the learnings from the project, the project team has summarized the learnings from the project in report. The aim of the reporthas been to share experince on how the capacity building activities from the BSR_CBP project were planned, designed, tested and implemented in the Baltic Sea Region. The report can be downloaded from the BSR_CBP project webpage We hope that the report will serve as input to future capacity building activities for project managers and teams across the Baltic Sea working with developing capacity building
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