2012 Global Innovation Policy Index

The Global Innovation Policy Index, produced by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) in conjunction with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, assesses the effectiveness of the innovation policies of 55 countries using 84 indicators grouped into seven core innovation policy areas: 1) trade and foreign direct investment; 2) science and R&D; 3) domestic market competition; 4) intellectual property rights; 5) information and communications technology; 6) government procurement; and 7) high-skill immigration. The Index, which ranks almost all EU, OECD, APEC, and BRIC economies, categorizes countries as either upper tier, upper-mid tier, lower-mid tier, or lower tier on each of the seven core innovation policy areas and overall, and highlights best practices in innovation policy development amongst these countries that other nations can learn from.

A must read/have report. PDF downloadable at http://www2.itif.org/2012-global-innovation-policy-index.pdf