Research & policy

Innovation Metrics Review

At the recommendation of Innovation and Science Australia, the Australian Government is reviewing the adequacy of the innovation metrics it measures and reports on.

This review is being undertaken by a Taskforce based in the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering was commissioned to deliver an independent but complementary review. The Academy’s role has been to provide an independent viewpoint, but has worked in close collaboration with the Taskforce.

The key additional benefit of the Academy’s inclusion in the Review has been the ability to draw on the expertise and networks of its 850+ Fellows, who are leaders in applied science, technology and engineering drawn from industry, academia and government, which provided a different but complementary network of input to that drawn on by the Taskforce.

The project was also able to draw on Fellows from the other Learned Academies.

The Academy has prepared a review of the academic and policy literature on innovation measurement. The Academy has also been advising on:

  • a conceptual framework
  • the data currently available including gaps
  • the metrics for inclusion, including development of new metrics.

The literature review will be published here in coming months. The Taskforce is due to report later in 2019.