Co-create Design Innovation Services – a cross-national design support initiative
30. April 2018

Under the call "Peer learning of innovation agencies" for proposals of the Horizon2020 Programme, the Business and Cultural Development Centre (KEPA), along with the Danish Design Centre (DDC) and Estonian Design Centre (EDC), were approved for the implementation of the project "Co-create Design Innovation Services" with the acronym "CODIS". The contract was signed on 16/04/2018 and the total project duration is 12 months.

About the Project
The main objective of the project is to collaboratively address a common innovation support challenge, through the concept of the Twinning+ methodology. CODIS aims to bring three organisations together, to jointly seek best practice solutions and provide advice regarding the service delivery system of design support programmes. The three members of the consortium have long-standing experience in providing services to SMEs, managing national/regional funds to reinforce entrepreneurship.

During the implementation of the project, the partners will peer-review the entire cycle of an innovation service provision: the procedures of setting up a design-support service that satisfies its target group, the awareness raising regarding design support opportunities, the provision of the services themselves, the post-evaluation of the provision and the improvement of the service.

Using the Twinning Advanced methodology, this initiative will lead to the elaboration of a Design Option Paper (DOP), which will include the results of the peer-review process on existing services, and will be a backbone of how to set up a “design support service”.

An innovative objective during the CODIS project that has not been covered yet in any similar initiative is that the partners, right after drawing up the final draft of the DOP, will use it as a guide and test it setting up a pilot service in Greece. Through this pilot, not only will a new service be developed, but valuable feedback on the usability of the DOP and unforeseen issues not covered will be fed back to the final version of the DOP. As such, the final DOP will be an accessible and handy tool that will serve effectively as a “guide” or “handbook” for other innovation agencies to design and/or deliver similar, more enterprise-friendly programmes and services.

To achieve the overall and specific objectives, the CODIS project will enable knowledge-exchange among the participants on the following matters:

  • Provision of design support services/programmes to SMEs on the involved territories (indicatively: information on standards, networking, financial & non-financial opportunities, barriers, investment auditing, etc.).

  • Enhancement of user-centred procedures in providing assistance to SMEs.

  • Improvement of administrative and ‘back-office’ aspects in the management of design support services/programmes.

  • Follow-up of the design support intervention, measurement of its effect on SMEs being supported; inputs gathering and improvement of the offered service/programme.

Project partners
Lead Partner: Business & Cultural Development Centre - KEPA, Greece

Partner 1: Danish Design Centre - DDC, Denmark

Partner 2: Estonian Design Centre - EDC, Estonia

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 806616.