52nd Congress of the European Regional Science Association: "Regions in Motion - Breaking the Path", 21-25 August 2012, Bratislava, Slovakia
Methods and concepts of innovation performance are widely analysed, discussed and evaluated. The influence of educational management on the creation of innovative economy is not widely described in literature, however procedures of innovation performance include the measures of educational elements. Career development of young people cannot be accidental, especially in difficult economical situation in Europe and should be supported by specialists. The research questions: How develop careers of schools graduates and how graduates' decisions influence on innovation indicators of polish economy? How to improve performance of innovations by performance of education? The paper discusses the methodology of European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS) and Innovation Union Scoreboard (IUS) in the aspect of education for innovative economy. Educational indicators in EIS/IUS methodology are quantitative and do not include information of quality of education. Researchers are agreed that innovation processes and economical growth requires well educated and skilled workforce and they assume that skilled workers are on output of educational system. The measurement system of innovations in Europe includes various economical aspects, allows to observe trends and gives opportunity to improvement for countries and is directed on future educational effects. Quantitative indicators allow to observe trends, educational needs, desires of pupils and their parents. Efficiency of these indicators is presented on the example of Poland. Educational indicators to improve innovation performance should be very synthetic, but cannot lose important information. Research on career paths of graduates will be carried out in 5 cycles: first internet questionnaire will be send a year after completion the school and repeated 3 times every 5 years. Evaluation of educational process at school will be carried out in categories: evaluation of proper preparation to work/ evaluation of proper preparation to continue education; recommendation of the school; support of creativity, innovation at school; work in accordance with qualifications or below qualifications; level of salary and job satisfaction. Indicators based on answers above supplement innovation performance methodology. The concept can be firstly develop and tested in local governments, then it can be extended in every educational system.