The NAAC (National Association Advisory Committee) is a permanent committee of ASTP-Proton gathering official representatives of all national associations in Europe, as well as established associations as upcoming associations. The NAAC facilitates interactions between members and is a forum for discussions about EU policy, capacity building initiatives, survey and impact measurement and is a forum for exchanging experiences encountered while managing a national association.
It is also now recognised that these entities should play a key role in those local, regional, national and European policies for innovation and economic development concerned with innovation.
As more and more public entities were facing similar challenges, across many countries, the need to cooperate amongst KTOs has become more obvious, as did the need to speak with a common voice towards stakeholders such as governments, agencies and university associations. Most countries now have one or even two national associations representing KTOs and facilitating shared improvement and developments.
In total, 29 national associations for KTOs are currently recognised across Europe, and these associations have joined together as members of ASTP-Proton’s National Association Advisory Committee (NAAC). The NAAC brings together the voice of around 9000 KTO professionals who operate across more than 500 offices. National Associations are also gateways for establishing connections with local ecosystems for innovation, for identifying partners in other countries and for exchanging experiences or practices.
The NAAC has produced this guide: Handbook for a National Association in Knowledge Transfer to give you access to the various experiences of National Associations, provide you with insights into their various structures, demonstrate their specific histories, and find models to help grow your own association.
Each ecosystem is so different that it could be asserted that there is no clear best practice for setting and running a NA, only a number of good practices which fit better in some contexts than others. Each reader of this document can pick up ideas, can choose the more appropriate ones for their local circumstances, and create a scenario for setting up and running a National Association.
This handbook provides the entry point for new associations to begin activities and get connected. Existing associations can also pick up ideas for improving their services to the members.
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