The Research and Innovation Policy Monitoring Programme (TIPS)
The Research and Innovation Policy Monitoring Programme (TIPS Programme) has been commissioned by the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research for the period 2011–2015. The programme provided high quality research competencies for policymaking and strategic development of Estonian research, development and innovation (RDI) policy, implemented by the researchers from the University of Tartu and Tallinn University of Technology in cooperation with other research institutions, government offices and business representatives.
The programme’s mission was to foster the cooperation between government offices, universities and the private sector and to increases the role of science and research as a supporter of the Estonian economy. The research activities of the programme have led to policy recommendations for implementation of the Estonian RDI strategy (2007–2013) and for designing both the new Estonian RDI strategy (2014–2020) and policy measures.
The most important activities of the programme were: (1) research and policy analysis; (2) consulting the ministries; (3) public dissemination of research results through workshops, conferences, written reports, published articles, policy papers etc. All these activities have fostered the co-operation between government offices, universities and the private sector and increased the role of science and research as a supporter of the Estonian economy. As a result of the programme 23 independent research reports and more than 90 academic publications have been published during 2011–2015. Research reports in Estonian can be found here.