Evidence - based policy solutions built
on shared vision and robust analysis.

dr. Agnė Paliokaitė

Partner, Director

Email: Agnė

Research on R&D and innovation systems, evaluation of R&I and competitiveness policies and governance models. Extensive work with the EU and national governments through contract research, expert group involvement, and invited presentations.




Agnė is in charge of the policy research and evaluation in the fields of R&D, innovation and competitiveness policies. She has 17 years of experience in the evaluation, impact assessments and feasibility studies as well as applied social sciences.  Agnė also specialises in foresight and other prospective planning methods. She had been an evaluator of various EU level programmes as well as operational programmes implemented under the Lithuanian strategy for the use of European Union Structural Assistance for 2004-2006, 2007-2013, 2014-2020.


Key areas of expertise:

  • education, R&D, innovation and competitiveness policies and governance.
  • national, sectoral and regional innovation systems.
  • impact assessment and evaluation.
  • open /participative governance.
  • foresight and future trends.




Research and evaluation of education, R&D and innovation policies
European Commission, other international organisations, since 2009 Selected projects:

  • Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility.
  • Evaluation of the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument.
  • Juror at Regio Stars Awards 2016 international competition.
  • Ex post Evaluation of ERDF investments into SMEs and Innovation.
  • Evaluation of European Clusters Initiatives.
  • DG RTD Expert Group advising on development of smart specialisation in Lithuania.
  • Research and Innovation Observatory.
  • Greening of industries in the EU: Anticipating and managing the effects on quantity and quality of jobs in ten target sectors.
  • Interim evaluation of Erasmus Mundus II.
  • Interim evaluation of Lifelong Learning programme.


National governments, since 2004 Selected projects:

  • Middle income trap: position in global value chains and its relationship to skills and innovations in Central Eastern Europe.
  • Impact of de‐industrialization and re‐industrialization on skills.
  • Member of work group under the Government of Lithuania responsible for consolidation of public higher education institutions network.
  • Interim Evaluation of the R&I policy objectives under the Operational Programme 2014-2020.
  • Ex post evaluation of the innovation vouchers instrument.
  • Feasibility study on the high technologies development.
  • Methodology, design and analytics of the Smart Specialisation Strategy.
  • Involvement in the design of the EU structural funds Operational Programmes 2007-2013 and 2014-2020.
  • Development of higher education, science-business collaboration and innovation monitoring and evaluation systems.
  • Evaluation of the policy mix for facilitating science-business collaboration in research and innovation
  • Internationalisation of research and encouraging participation of Lithuanian researchers in the EU international R&D programmes.
  • Analysis of higher education and R&D governance.
  • Development of science and technology parks and business incubators.
  • System level evaluation of research and innovation policy mix.
  • National Foresight Exercise aimed at developing the Vision for Research and Higher Education 2030.
Other experience
Services for national governments, since 2000 Selected projects:

  • Evaluation of the National Progress Strategy Lithuania 2030 implementation and monitoring system.
  • Evaluation of Structural Funds interventions in Lithuania (2004-2006, 2007-2013, 2014-2020).
  • Facilitation and writing up the National Progress Programme for 2014-2020 (the “Smart economy” priority).
  • Policy evaluation capacities’ building, development of methodological guidelines.
  • Research and evaluation in the fields of attracting foreign direct investments and developing industrial parks.
  • Assistance to national institutions in developing strategic planning, monitoring and risk management systems.
  • Training of public servants.


Selected publications



Selected reports






PhD, ISM University of Management and Economics, 2013. ISPIM Innovation Management Dissertation Award 2014 finalist (Top 10%).

MBA, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, 2001.