The ‘Exploring the Quadruple Helix' report is launched today, as part of the CLIQ project.
The overall aim of the research is to explore and further define the Quadruple Helix model in innovation and policy practice. The results will feed into CLIQ interregional learning and underpin exchange, shared understanding and local policy development.
The Quadruple Helix refers to the interaction of four pillars in innovation ecosystems: knowledge institutions, enterprises, government and civil society.
The Quadruple Helix, argues the report, represents a shift towards systemic, open and user-centric innovation policy. An era of linear, top-down, expert driven development, production and services is giving way to different forms and levels of co-production with consumers, customers and citizens.
The report findings describe how increasing user orientation can bring benefits in narrowing the innovation gap. Public authorities can develop environments which both support and utilize citizen centred innovation activities. Moving towards Quadruple Helix models does, however, have ramifications for all stakeholders in both the private and public sectors. It requires a significant culture change, adaptation of processes, acquisition of new skills and a re-distribution of power. If public authorities are able to rise to the challenge of changing the way services are designed and delivered it means allowing citizens to take a turn ‘in the driving seat'.