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The design of an intervention logic starts with understanding both the problem to be addressed and the desired outcomes to be achieved, specifying the program logic, and building stakeholder consensus related to this theory of change. The overall objective of this application is to provide an overall representation of the derived outcomes of the Phases 1 – 5, in order for the stakeholders to better understand the rationale behind the RIS3 strategy.

In order to communicate the logic of intervention, the visual representation of the intervention can take various forms. The design should help practitioners understand not only the intended outcomes of an intervention but also the inputs and activities needed to achieve them. We have chosen to design the intervention logic application as a series of blocks, describing the overall strategy flow. Each flowchart corresponds to a specific Investment Priority, and offers the user the opportunity to describe the links between the different building blocks of the intervention logic. These include: context, vision/priorities, policy mix and monitoring. Τhe user can export the results in the form of figures, or print the final intervention logic report produced by this application.

The logical steps of the application, based on its methodological description are:

  • Step 1. Description of the regional context.
  • Step 2. Detection of needs and challenges that form the regional vision.
  • Step 3. Priorities’ specification.
  • Step 4. Definition of the actions and indicators to put in place to meet the priorities.
  • Step 5. Describe the links between the building blocks of the intervention logic diagram.
  • Step 6. Save and export the final intervention logic report.

Following the application architecture described in previous steps, the information flows within the application are given in Figure 2, below. Figures including intervention logic diagrams, as well as the description corresponding to each one of them, can be extracted through the application. The main output of the application is the final report of Intervention Logic, which will give the user a comprehensive picture regarding his/her region’s strategic framework.

Figure 1 Overview of the information flows within the Regional Assets Mapping application.

Figure 1 Overview of the information flows within the Regional Assets Mapping application

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Selected use cases using the Intervention Logic tool of the Online-S3 platform:

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Selected RIS3 strategies including Intervention Logic method in their implementation process:

How to use this application step-by-step?

The application gives the user the opportunity to select a specific Investment Priority and construct the corresponding intervention logic diagram. This will include information coming from different parts of the RIS3 strategic planning process, in order to present an overview regarding the results that have been obtained throughout the overall process. The steps below, illustrate some useful information regarding the proposed way in which all the needed information could be included in the final intervention logic diagram.

Step 1 – Selection of an Investment Priority type

During the first step of the application, the user will have to choose a specific Investment Priority for his analysis. The filters in this part of the application includes the selection of a specific Thematic Objective and Investment Priority (Figure 1). Moreover, the Thematic Objectives are grouped based on the more general thematic priorities of the European Union including: smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

The Investment Priorities Index includes the complete list of available Investment Priorities, in the form of a dendrogram, indicating also the Thematic Objectives to which they are connected to.

Figure 1:  Step 1 – Selection of an Investment Priority type

Figure 1: Step 1 – Selection of an Investment Priority type

Step 2 – Definition of the regional context, vision, priorities and indicators

In the second step of the application, the user will be able to complete all relevant information that he wants to include to the specific intervention logic diagram (Figure 2). The information will be based on the outcomes of methodologies that have been implemented during previous phases, and will be grouped into four main categories:

  1. Context: this part includes information coming from the analysis of the regional context, related to the specific Investment Priority.
  2. Vision / Priorities: this part included information related to the vision and priorities’ setting phases. In order to better organise the input four sub-categories have been included, related to specific methodologies that are being used in these phases. These include: EDP, extroversion analysis, related variety and foresight. Not all of them should be completed during an intervention logic design process.
  3. Policy mix: Definition of actions and action plan implementation are the two main sub-groups of the policy mix part. Both of them focus on the definition of the groups of categories of actions and regulatory instruments of intervention that could be used to support the specific Investment Priority.
  4. Monitoring: the last part of the intervention logic diagram includes the presentation of the selected output and result indicators related to the specific Investment Priority. As it can be seen, output indicators should be related to the definition of actions, as input for them will be gathered through the implemented actions. Moreover, result indicators are related to Vision and Priorities, trying to capture the more general targets of the region, through the reinforcement of the specific Investment Priority.
Figure 2:  Step 2 -  Definition of the regional context, vision, priorities and indicators

Figure 2: Step 2 – Definition of the regional context, vision, priorities and indicators

The “Save Priority” button can help the user to save his/her progress throughout the intervention design process, in order to include additional Investment Priority diagrams to his/her overall final report. The “Download Image” button enables the user to save the block diagram in a .png format.

Step 3 – Description of the links between the building blocks

The third step of the application offers the opportunity to describe in detail the links between the different parts of the intervention logic (Figure 3). A set of 7 questions guide the user in order to thoroughly describe the connections between the main building blocks of the application, in order to provide a more precise description of the rationale behind the selection of the specific priorities, policy mix and monitoring indicators for the corresponding Investment Priority. All text included in the description part of the application can be extracted in a .docx format in the overall report that can be derived through this application.

Figure 3: Step 3 - Description of the links between the building blocks

Figure 3: Step 3 – Description of the links between the building blocks