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Data collection accomplished!!: 107 respondents from 22 countries.

The data collection stage of this research on open innovation and EU Twinning Projects has been finished! It has taken us around 3 months to do so, but we have made it, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank again to all those professionals that have kindly accepted to collaborate with this research project completing a pretty long questionnaire.

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Thus, 107 participants have completed the online questionnaire from 22 different countries from Europe and its neighbourhood area. Countries as geographically distant such as Finland and Armenia, the United Kingdom and Tunisia, or Spain and Turkey (see the map).

Around 75% of the respondents in the sample have worked in Twinnings as Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA) , while the rest have done so under the aegis of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENPI).

As for twinning experience, roughly 25% of participants have more than 6 years experience in Twinning projects, other 25% of the sample, 3 to 4 years experience, and 35%, 1 to 2 years. On the other hand, 44% has worked only in 1 twinning project, around 20% of the sample has participated in 2 projects, and roughly 35% of the sample in 3 twinnings or more.

In the upcoming weeks we will be posting some interesting outputs of the research.


An EU Twinning scheme among Member States?

Are twinning projects a valid model through which the European Commission could contribute to foster open innovation among public administrations of the Member States of the European Union?

This is the key question articulating this research, hence becoming a sort of guiding light to inquire more specifically about issues related to the institutional architecture and management problems of Twinning Projects.

In order to achieve these objectives, this research is seeking the views on these matters from those professionals that have been or are currently closely involved in the execution of Twinning projects, such as Resident Twinning Advisors (RTA) or Project Leaders (PL) from Member States and Beneficiary countries.

Although it is very early indeed to present the results of the research, now that we have already entered in the data collection stage, it is possible, at least, to show how those professional that have accepted to participate so far, have responded to this key general question.

Based on your Twinning Experience, Twinning Projects would be a good model to foster open innovation between the member states of the European Union

Would Twinning Projects Be a Good Model for Fostering Open Innovation between EU Member States?

As I said earlier, these are provisional results from just 25% of the expected sample, and, therefore with no scientific value whatsoever. However, it does provide with an strong indication of what the output might be for this specific question. In this sense, so far we find a massive support for this Twinning model to be implemented between EU Member States from Twinning professionals with 75% of the respondents agreeing (25%) or strongly agreeing (50%) and only 8.33% disagreeing with the idea.

In any case, as long as more professionals accept to participate on the research we will be able to gather a more representative sample.

If you currently are or have been an RTA or PL and wish to participate in this research, please find information to contact us here.