Projects - Regional Policy

IKT Standort Wien II
ICT location Vienna

The study aims to develop an up-to-date inventory of the ICT sector in Vienna and to identify opportunities to advance the region to an “innovation leader”. Methodologically, the study is based on analyses of secondary statistics, a company survey, expert interviews and interactive methodologies. As a result, the study produces an assessment of employment, growth and development potentials as well as of the respective economic strengths and competences of the Vienna region’s ICT sector. These are transformed into recommendations for the regional economic policy.
On behalf of: Magistratsabteilung 23 - Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Statistik
Co-operation: eutema GmbH, MAKAM
Expected completion: 2018
Contact: Sascha Ruhland

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in European Regions and Cities

This research project analyses territorial patterns and performance of SMEs in Europe and investigates factors and driving forces for SME development at regional level. To this end the research utilizes comprehensive statistical data as well as in-depth case studies of diverse territories in the EU. The study then looks at what can be learned in terms of effective territorial strategies fostering SMEs in different types of regions.
On behalf of: ESPON EGTC
Co-operation: Austrian 018
Contact: Thomas Oberholzner

Regionales Fachkräfte-Screening Oberösterreich
Screening of regional skills demand and supply in Upper Austria

This project analyses and assesses the labour market situation and development (labour demand and supply) at the level of occupations and qualifications in the regions of Upper Austria. This is done based on an in-depth analysis of regionalized labour market and educational data, and regional focus groups. The results serve as a basis for policies and initiatives to improve matching on regional labour markets. Results are available at:
On behalf of: Business Upper Austria
Co-operation: ibw Austria - Research & Development in VET
Completed: 2017/01
Contact: Thomas Oberholzner

WIFAS – Modell zur Abschätzung von sozialen Wirkungen missionsorientierter Forschungsförderprogramme im Bereich Mobilität  Development of a model to capture the social effects caused by subsidy programmes to advance mobility research

This study developed a conceptually and empirically sound model to capture the social effects caused by subsidy programmes to advance mobility research. The empirically validated model, including a definition of indicators and methods to be used, contributes not only to the conceptually underdeveloped question of how to capture social effects of research and innovation programmes, but is also able to draw lessons for future programme designs. This is especially true for mobility research, but it is also possible to derive learnings for RTDI programmes in general. 
On behalf of: Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)
Co-operation: netwiss GesmbH
Completed: 2016/02
Contact: Peter Kaufmann

Workshop on Policy Evaluation of Local/Regional Development and Territorial Competitiveness Programs

The aim of this project was know-how transfer in the area of policy evaluation for regional development and territorial competitiveness programs.
The target group were local experts from different public and semi-public administrations and evaluators in the field of regional development. Involved partners in the delivery of the project are the Institute for Territorial Economic Development (InTER), the National Agency for Regional Development (NARD) and the Secretariat for Public Policy in Serbia.
On behalf of: BACID Fonds für Know-how Transfer Actions im Auftrag der Austrian Development Agency (ADA)
Completed: 2015/12
Contact: Peter Kaufmann

Produktionsstandort Niederösterreich – die „Zukunft der Produktion“
Production site Lower Austria – the future of the production industries

This study analyses Lower Austria as a location for industry and quantifies the regional manufacturing sector. An analysis of current trends serves to develop a referential framework for the “future of manufacturing”. The various analyses allow for the identification of location-specific strengths and problems as well as possible future fields of intervention. These have then been discussed in workshops with regional stakeholders.
On behalf of: Chamber of Economy Lower Austria
Co-operation: Industriewissenschaftliches Institut (iwi)
Completed: 2015/02
Contact: Aliette Dörflinger

Entwicklung der WKW-Strategie zur Förderung von Innovationskraft und -fähigkeit der Wiener Unternehmen
Development of a strategy supporting innovation in Viennese companies

The objective of the analysis was to support the development of measures and activities of the Viennese Chamber of Commerce and to develop recommendations providing a sustainable impact on the innovation capacity and strength of Viennese companies. The study focussed on the question of successful innovation strategies and effective barriers as well as appropriate (and effective) support measures, and possible differentiations with respect to firm size and innovation types.
On behalf of: Economic Chamber Vienna
Completed: 2014/08
Contact: Sascha Ruhland 

Folgenabschätzung: Tourismusabgabe des Tiroler Kfz-Einzelhandels
Impact assessment: tourism levy for motor vehicle retail trade in Tyrol

To show whether the higher assessment basis for a tourism levy in Tyrol for motor vehicle retail trade seems to be appropriate, the study provides comparisons with other industries in Tyrol as well as the motor vehicle trade.
On behalf of: Federal Economic Chamber of Tirol
Completed: 2014/05
Contact: Peter Voithofer

Strategische Beurteilung der aws Förderkooperationen im Kontext zu den reinen Wirtschaftsförderungen des Landes Oberösterreich
Strategic assessment of the funding initiatives by the provincial government of Upper Austria, partly in collaboration with the Austria Wirtschaftsservice (aws)

In 2007, the provincial government of Upper Austria entered a contract with the Austrian Wirtschaftsservice / ERP Fonds to administer some funding initiatives in its name. This strategic assessment covers these programmes, but also those implemented by the provincial government of Upper Austria itself for manufacturing, trade and commerce.
On behalf of: Office of the State Government of Upper Austria
Completed: 2013/04
Contact: Peter Kaufmann

Evaluierung der monetären Unternehmensförderung der Wirtschaftsagentur Wien - Gruppe und des Wiener ArbeitnehmerInnen Förderungsfonds
Evaluation of the monetary funding of enterprises of the Vienna Business Agency – Group and the Vienna Employment Promotion Fund

The evaluation aimed at assessing the effectiveness of the financial support programmes offered by the Vienna Business Agency – Group and the Vienna Employment Promotion Fund. The focus was on analysing the objectives, complementarities and potential overlaps of the respective programmes during the time period 2005 till 2009 as well as on the elaboration of recommendations regarding the future design of the financial support.
On behalf of: Town of Vienna, Department for EU Strategy and Economic Development
Co-operation: Joanneum Research
Completed: 2012/03
Contact: Iris Fischl