Quantifying the Value of Triple Helix Methodologies

This research is being conducted in four co-occurring phases:


Phase 1: Collection of 10-year retrospective data for six Pacific region locales

This data will be used to conduct a time-series megatrend analysis that focuses on four dimensions across a 10-year span (i.e., economic trends, ecological sustainability, technological progress, and demographic development). The data will also be used to calculate a 10-year Summary Innovation Index that will allow for longitudinal comparison of each respective locale.


Phase 2: Evaluation of seven types of research models (i.e., Academic; Industry; Government; academic-industry; government-industry; academic-government; academic-industry-government)

Questionnaire data from each locale is being collected, representing the different types of research models. Information includes non-propriety data about the perceived benefits, challenges, assets and costs related to each type of research model. A series of multivariate analysis will result in a set of indices that best represent the various Inputs, Outputs and Impacts associated with each research model. These indices will serve as the basis from which to determine the minimum criteria associated with successful performance of specific types of research models under a variety of conditions.


Phase 3: Development of a distributed Triple Helix Community of Practice

This prototypic Community of Practice brings together a team of culturally diverse, interdisciplinary researchers from the university, industry, and government communities for the development of tools, structures and processes that facilitate CoP to realize new knowledge spillover, collaborations and systems for innovation.


Phase 4: Creation of a test bed for the validation of derivative models, indices, processes, and outcomes within an applied platform

Codified knowledge and a core database provide a foundation for the generation of multiple strategic tools, including exportable models of triple helix innovation, knowledge solutions, policy synergies, diverse project collaborations, and innovative technologies development. Selected triple helix initiatives will be used as pilots, to substantiate specified outcomes and index the immediate and long-term values associated with triple helix strategies. These pilot initiatives will examine the capacity of triple helix strategies to promote rapid commercialization of new products; generate industry spin-offs; identify economic returns, proxies of innovation and knowledge (e.g., patents, licenses, publications, etc.); and evoke collaborative partnerships that transform knowledge and innovation into social and commercial benefit.