SCIROCCO exchange tool: assessment of barriers and enablers of open innovation ecosystems


Thursday, 9th September, 15:30 -17:00 CEST


You’ll learn how to use the SCIROCCO exchange tool to assess the readiness level, the barriers and the enablers of a demand-driven approach for open innovation ecosystems, based on 12 domains.


While open innovation ecosystems provide optimal conditions to create value, closed and fragmented innovation processes nonetheless continue to be one of the most fundamental barriers for effective innovation practices.
Moreover, innovation approaches depend on the local context. Successful cases of implementing demand-driven innovation prove that it matters a lot how innovation approaches are designed and implemented to fit the local needs. Healthcare systems are shaped by the context, and features of particular innovative interventions need to ‘fit’ in this context appropriately. If not done effectively, the intervention(s) may not deliver the expected benefits. The SCIROCCO exchange tool for demand-driven innovation addresses this need and helps stakeholders to understand the local enablers of effective uptake of innovation.

The tool helps stakeholders to understand:
• the local context and conditions for delivering innovation in health and social care, including strengths and weaknesses
• the readiness level of an ecosystem to adopt and scale-up innovation
• the actions taken by successful regions by information sharing and coaching to overcome barriers to implement innovation


In this workshop we’ll transfer the user experience of the SCIROCCO exchange tool within the Interreg Europe ACSELL-project. In this project, seven European regions collaborate to accelerate innovation capacities with a living lab approach and to improve the demand-driven approach in their innovation policy. In ACSELL it was implemented within the theme of Health and Social Care. However, the tool can also be used for other themes and domains where multi-stakeholder collaborations are necessary to create appropriate demand-driven innovation. Other topics the tool covers are integrated care and digital neighborhood development.
The SCIROCCO-tool is based on 12 key domains, which will be explained during the workshop. We will interact with participants to capture their feedback and get insights on how they could use this tool in future.
Furthermore, we will go deeper into the barriers and enablers of open innovation ecosystems, look for solutions and learn from good practices of participating regions and discuss what are the main drivers of a demand-driven open innovation ecosystem.
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After the workshop, participants have the knowledge to use the SCIROCCO exchange tool, to assess their open innovation ecosystems and their demand-driven approach within their own innovation context.

Practical insights will be shared on how to setup consensus-building workshops with their stakeholders.

Participants will also gain first insights into other models, solutions and good practices discussed amongst the participating regions to overcome the barriers in sustaining open innovation ecosystems.



-Short introduction of hosting organizations and workshop presenters
-Goal and structure of the workshop

 – What is the SCIROCCO Exchange tool?
 – How to use the tool?
 – User experience from ACSELL-project

Poll and Questions

Break out rooms reflection, discussion

We introduce a new method and tool for living labs/open innovation ecosystems and their related stakeholders to assess their demand-driven approach from a practical point of view.

Using this tool they will get a better understanding of their (local/ regional) innovation context, of the strengths and weaknesses of their open innovation ecosystems. They will be able to discuss the relevance of their living lab approach with influential stakeholders like (regional) policy makers. They will be better equipped to lead this discussion based on the outcomes of the assessment and to instruct policymakers to adjust regional policy instruments for the support of a living lab approach/ demand-driven approach.

Moreover, the process will illustrate the relevance of evaluation and assessment methods that should accompany innovation processes.
In addition to self-assessment, the tool can support consensus-building, benchmarking, planning, defining of missions, monitoring and the exchange of good practices. 


This workshop is interesting for facilitators of living labs, project managers, innovation managers, citizens, policymakers, industry and others. In this use case the SCIROCCO Exchange tool was implemented within the theme of Health and Social Care.
However, the tool can also be used for other themes and domains where multi-stakeholder collaborations are necessary to create appropriate demand-driven innovation.
Other topics the tool covers are e.g. integrated care and digital neighborhood development.




Sandra Evans

Ingrid Adriaensen

Andrea Pavlickova

Vicky Van der Auwera

Operations Manager LiCalab