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dr. Agnė Paliokaitė

Managing Partner, Director


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 15 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 as well as consensus building regarding risky future investments and future skills. Agnė is a Research and Innovation Observatory correspondent for Lithuania and 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:

  • R&D, innovation and competitiveness policies and governance.
  • national, sectoral and regional innovation systems.
  • R&I strategies of organisations.
  • impact assessment and evaluation.
  • foresight and future trends.




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


National governments, since 2004 Selected projects:

  • Interim Evaluation of the R&D and Innovation policy mix under the Operational Programme 2014-2020.
  • Ex post evaluation of the innovation vouchers instrument.
  • Feasibility study on the high technologies development in Lithuania.
  • Key member of the International Independent Experts Group working on defining the Smart Specialisation Strategy for 2014-2020 in Lithuania (2012-2014), and Project Director of the smart specialisation project.
  • Involvement in the preparation 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.
  • Member of expert group in the National Foresight Exercise aimed at developing the Vision for Research and Higher Education 2030 in Lithuania.
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


  1. Paliokaitė A. (2016). Innovation Policies and Firm Absorptive Capacities: Minding the Gap. Paper presented at the ISPIM 2016 International Innovation Conference „Blending Tomorrow‘s Innovation Vintage“, 19-22 June 2016, Porto.
  2. Paliokaitė A. (2016). Open governance maturity model and institutionalisation challenges. Paper presented at the Foresight Conference „For the Future Generations“, 8 June 2016, Helsinki, Finland.
  3. Paliokaitė A., Martinaitis Ž., Sarpong D. (2016). Implementing Smart Specialisation roadmaps in Lithuania: lost in translationTechnological Forecasting & Social Change 110, 143-152.
  4. Paliokaitė A., Martinaitis Ž., Reimeris R. (2015). Foresight methods for Smart Specialisation Strategy in Lithuania. Technological Forecasting & Social Change 101, 185–199.
  5. Paliokaitė A., Pačėsa N. (2015). Relationship between organisational foresight and organisational ambidexterity. Technological Forecasting & Social Change 101, 165–181.
  6. Martinaitis Ž., Gaušas S., Paliokaitė A. (2015). Cultural and constitutional embeddedness of autonomy in Lithuania. Chapter in: Re-discovering university autonomy (Turcan R., Reilly J., Bugaian L.(Eds.)). ISBN: 9781137393821.
  7. Paliokaitė A., Martinaitis Ž. (2014). Implementing Smart Specialisation roadmaps in Lithuania: lost in translation? Paper presented in the 5th International Conference on Future-Oriented Technology Analysis (FTA) – Engage today to shape tomorrow, Brussels, 27-28 November 2014.
  8. Gaušas S., Owczarzak R., Paliokaitė A. (2014). Anticipating and managing the effects of greening of industries in the European Union: Skills development in the overall context of job quality. In: OECD/Cedefop (2014). Greener Skills and Jobs., OECD Green Growth Studies, OECD Publishing.
  9. Paliokaitė A., Pačėsa N., Sarpong D. (2014). Conceptualizing strategic foresight: an integrative framework. Special Issue: Strategic Foresight, Strategic Change. Volume 23, Issue 3-4, 161–169.
  10. Paliokaitė A. (2013). The relationship between organisational foresight and organisational ambidexterity. Doctoral dissertation. Vilnius, ISM University of Management and Economics.
  11. Paliokaitė A. (2010). Industry level foresight: Designing foresight methods for Lithuanian energy sector. Enterprise and Work Innovation Studies, 6, IET, 9 – 51.
  12. Paliokaitė, A. (2010). Networking as a Route for Corporate Foresight in SMEs. IET Working Papers Series, WPS10/2010, pp. 31.


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.