31 October 2018

Creating new indicators to help resolve the Canadian innovation paradox: CIRANO partner of 4POINT0

Under the direction of Catherine Beaudry, Professor at Polytechnique Montréal and CIRANO Fellow, the 4POINT0 multidisciplinary team is developing new innovation measurement tools using a natural-language big-data analytics infrastructure unique in Canada. CIRANO is proud to be a partner in this initiative.


How can an organization’s degree of innovation be accurately measured? How do we ensure that public funds spent to support innovation produce the promised benefits? How can taxpayers be persuaded that it makes sense to provide incentives for multinationals to set up shop in Canada?


To answer these kinds of questions and provide decision-makers with new tools for designing practices and policies in science, technology and innovation, the Partnership for the Organization of Innovation and New Technologies (4POINT0), headed by Professor Catherine Beaudry, holder of the Canada Research Chair in Creation, Development and Commercialization of Innovation at Polytechnique Montréal, recently launched a project to develop new innovation indicators. Among other things, it is hoped that this project will help resolve Canada’s paradoxical situation when it comes to innovation.


4POINT0 brings together more than 40 researchers — among them architects, economists, engineers, sociologists, and urban planners — from Polytechnique, universities across Canada, various levels of government in Canada, and several international institutions, including GeorgiaTech, École des Ponts ParisTech, and universities in Manchester, Strasbourg and Turin. 4POINT0 also boasts 35 active partnerships in various sectors including aerospace (AéroMontréal, CRIAQ/CARIC, CAE, IODS, Thales Canada), research and innovation (CEFRIO, TKM Canada), social science (CIRANO), energy (Hydro-Québec), project management (PMI-Montréal), and advanced materials (Prima Québec).


Several CIRANO Fellows are involved in this initiative, including Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin (President and CEO of CIRANO and Professor at Polytechnique Montréal), Marcelin Joanis (Vice President Research – Government partners of CIRANO and Professor at Polytechnique Montréal), Thierry Warin (CIRANO Fellow and Professor at HEC Montréal) and Patrick Cohendet (CIRANO Fellow and Professor at HEC Montréal).


More information on 4POINT0 (Project Website)