A simple yet powerful tool to support policy analysis and discovery for better decision-making
The STIP Compass is an initiative of the European Commission and the OECD to collect together in one place quantitative and qualitative data on national trends in science, technology and innovation (STI) policy. The portal supports the continuous monitoring and analysis of countries’ STI policies and aims to become a central platform for policy research and advice supporting government officials, analysts and scholars. Data is freely accessible following the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Re-usable). The STIP Compass incorporates more than 500 interactive dashboards and provides a sophisticated search tool with smart filtering that facilitates policy discovery. These interfaces allow users to seamlessly query the database to identify country policies on a wide range of STI policy issues.
USING STIP COMPASS
There are two ways to access the data in STIP Compass:
(1)Interactive dashboards for viewing the data on countries, policy themes, policy instruments, and policy target groups. STIP Compass has more than 500 interactive dashboards, each incorporating several panels with related data.
(2)Policy explorer for searching the data, using keywords and refinement criteria.
The STI policy analysis community can also analyse the data to answer its own questions. The EC and OECD are committed to open data access and have made the 2017 EC-OECD STI Policy survey data available in Excel and in machine readable format. Since the EC and OECD are updating the dataset on a continuous basis, new versions will be regularly posted. The data model used to structure STIP Compass can also be viewed here and reused in other information management systems using this machine readable format.
Open data should be reused responsibly, and users should exercise care when using the 2017 EC-OECD STI Policy survey dataset. The data consists of self-reported descriptions of (mostly) national STI policy initiatives, collected through the biennial EC-OECD STI Policy survey of (mostly) government ministries. While the EC and OECD strive towards a harmonised approach for reporting policy initiatives, countries still vary in the ways they report their STI policies. Some countries have provided complete and detailed information on their policy initiatives, others less so. This is essential to keep in mind when doing cross-country comparisons. Care should also be exercised when interpreting the data. For example, what meaning should be given to the fact that one country uses twice as many policy initiatives than another to address the same policy theme? Does it mean the countries vary in the policy attention they give to the policy theme? Or does it mean one country is more efficient than the other in addressing the policy theme? Such questions are difficult to answer even with detailed research and certainly cannot be answered using the STIP Compass dataset alone.