The inaugural meeting of the Innovation Taskforce Implementation Group was held this evening, from 5pm-6.30pm, at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, with Minister O’Keefe in the chair, and also attended by Minister of State Lenihan. The press release from last month which announced the formation of the Group is here, including the membership.
The meeting was well attended, including officials from some of the agencies who are not formally appointed members of the Group. The room itself was frankly a little cramped 🙂
The format of the meeting, after opening remarks by the Minister, was a Department by Department report on the status of implementation of each of the Taskforce recommendations. As preparation for the meeting, we had been supplied with a document listing each and every recommendation, and a commentary by the lead Department concerned of the status of the implementation of each recommendation.
After the various status reports, there was a short discussion of some issues arising and some reactions.
One top level aspect in which I am personally interested is the metrics for measuring progress of innovation in the economy. While this is included in the specific recommendations of the Taskforce (see nr 13.1) and we were told that work is progress to put a formal measurement system in place, I am very keen that readily understandable metrics are regularly available…
The Minister requested that the detailed working of the Group remain confidential, since some of the work is (or could be in the future) subject to Cabinet decision. He also indicated his strong interest in promoting outputs, ie results – by implication, premature announcements or disclosures may be unhelpful. I therefore feel obliged to be a little cautious in what specifically I can write about in this blog at this time..
Overall, as a personal view, I was encouraged in general by the various reports from the various Departments giving progress since the Taskforce report was published just last March, although I feel there is a tremendous amount of work yet to be completed.
Meetings of the Group will continue approximately at two month intervals.