The latest results of the Global Observatory of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Instruments (GO-SPIN) were presented to Member States on 7 November in a side event to UNESCO’s General Conference. The lack of accurate information, adequate indicators and capacities to analyse and monitor policies and instruments in science is a major development challenge for countries. GO-SPIN aims to fill this information gap by providing key information on Science, Technology and Innovagion (STI) governing bodies, legal frameworks, policy instruments and long-term series of indicators for evidence-based policy analysis, design and foresight studies. Representatives of Botswana, Guatemala, and Zimbabwe participated in this round table to share their experience of the implementation of GO-SPIN in their countries. They were joined by a representative of Sweden, which supports the project.
Together they discussed the impact of the GO-SPIN programme on national STI systems and its potential contribution to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The participants highlighted that sound means of implementation, with strong skills and adequate resources are required for National STI policies to achieve their objectives; but that evidence of the societal benefits of research are also needed. They explained that GOSPIN was a useful way to gain a comprehensive overview of STI systems and that it was a helpful instrument to improve these systems. The discussion focused also on the immediate impacts of GO-SPIN. The representative from Guatemala highlighted that further to the completion of the GO-SPIN study, the Guatemalan Parliament decided to double the STI budget for 2018.
The event was also an occasion to demonstrate the new GO-SPIN online platform, which will be launched publically in April 2018. It gathers information on STI policies and policy instruments for more than 50 countries in Latin America, Africa, the Arab States and Asia.
Member States were all invited to join their efforts with UNESCO to further develop GO-SPIN as a way to improve governance and capacity-building in STI. Over 80 delegates participated in the event.