Keywords: German research and innovation system, system evaluation, communication networks
The significance of communication networks for the success of system evaluations
This paper presents an overview of processes introducing new subjects and methods for evaluation of research and innovation policy in Germany. Special focus is laid on system evaluations, which are not restricted only to single instruments or programmes. It can be shown that successful implementation and utilisation of these evaluation studies depend heavily on communication network structures between politics, target groups of research and innovation promotion, the evaluators and affected groups.