Together with 10 other partners, Cluster Sports & Technology managed to win a European project to evaluate the innovation levels within sports organizations, aiding them in enhancing governance, benchmarking their performance, and excelling in innovation. Drawing inspiration from the European Innovation Scoreboard and the Dutch Sport Innovation Monitor, this index aims to assist public authorities in bolstering their sports innovation policies. It offers a rapid self-assessment tool for innovation to local and regional sports organizations, small businesses, and both public and private entities, while also mapping sports innovation across Europe

What does the Sport Innovation Index project entail?

This project seeks to develop a tool for assessing the innovation levels of sports organizations, with the primary objective of enhancing their governance, facilitating comparisons of innovative outcomes over time or against other organizations, and setting new standards in innovation.

The Sports Innovation Index is designed to assist public authorities, including municipalities, regional bodies, and sports ministries, in strengthening their sports innovation policies. Sports Innovation Index will establish specific indicators to evaluate the innovation capacity of sports-related organizations.

For this, we are working together with 10 other parties: Olympiacos SFP (Greece), EPSI (Belgium), University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Business School (Netherlands), Mulier Institute (Netherlands), VSSÖ (Austria), Cluster VERDE (Poland), Asociacion para el Impulso, Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovacion (Spain), Sport Azores (Portugal), LINKS Foundation (Italy) and Surpass Sport Systems Ltd (Ireland). EPSI is the lead partner and project coordinator. 

How will the trajectory go?

Beyond merely analyzing innovation performance, the project aims to create a rapid self-assessment tool (a platform) for local and regional sports organizations, small businesses, and both public and private entities. Through an immediate innovation diagnosis, users will receive information and guidance on improving their governance in innovation. Additionally, by gathering user data, the project aims to map sports innovation across Europe.

Cluster Sports & Technology is the leader of the tasks related to mapping current innovation measurements in Europe and researching what different sports stakeholders want to see in the future International Sport Innovation Monitor. 

The project started in December 2023. We will keep you updated on our progress through our news section!

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Status project

Started: 1 December 2023


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Organisation: Cluster Sports & Technology
Contact person: René Wijlens
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