Knowledge Visualisation

Navigating from system mapping to innovation portfolios: a look at the transition to Circular Economy in the Western Balkans

Actionable atlas – Visualisation of innovation portfolios in the Western Balkans  – Full-Screen Mode Here 

Actionable atlas – Infographics on Circular Economy portfolios in the Westen Balkans

The process

The challenge-led systems mapping has been implemented simultaneously in 6 countries as part of a “learning by doing” process embedded in an EIT Cross-KIC collaboration project. This project implements an innovation policy for sustainable growth by introducing tools for territorial analysis to support development policies. It is the first regional effort of this kind, positioning existing circular economy challenge owners in a system viewpoint as part of a co-creation process.

At first, understanding of system components, transformative change and circular economy have allowed the exploration of governance, thematic priorities and innovation capacity. Further analysis of policies and funding mechanisms has allowed these 6 regionals economies to get into the logic of innovation portfolios by looking at strategic elements, leadership and intermediation function. The subsequent policy co-creation workshops will enable a dialogue among different stakeholders. The multi-stakeholder approach enables better information flows and ensures space for joint discussion and opportunity creation. The current application of challenge-led system mapping on innovation portfolios allows multi-stakeholders settings to explore strategic opportunities in terms of multiple nested and articulated innovation portfolios responding to different framings, financial logic and institutional.

The materialisation of that learning process into practice-based knowledge is facilitated by integrating actions, projects and interventions into innovation portfolio maps addressing specific place-based topics. The process includes an in-depth look at network analysis and its practical application and interpretation while knowledge management and visualization are used to contribute to a collectively created notion of the socio-technical system. The overall narrative has been produced as part of enabling science-policy interfaces in collaboration with our partners Austrian Institute of Technology and Vito.



  • Mapping finalized, 6 partners from each of the WB 6 economies ​
  • 712 actors mapped in 473 projects 
  • Some actors were involved in multiple projects, the total number of actors’ participations is 1417
  • Policy co-creation workshops completed in 6 countries by local organizations trained to run them (with 13 local facilitators, based on the approach co-developed with Joint Research Centre on Co-creation for Policy), with 129 regional stakeholders participating ​

More info

Case Study – OECD Observatory of Public Innovation Here 

Handbook Challenge-led system mapping Here

Webinar on Network Analysis Here

Webinar on Knowledge management Here

Webinar on Co-Creation for Policy Here