About HEInnovate

HEInnovate

It is an initiative of the European Commission, DG Education and Culture and the OECD LEED Forum, and supported by a panel of six independent experts. HEInnovate is a free self-assessment tool for all types of higher education institution. It allows you to assess your institution using a number of statements related to its entrepreneurial activities, including leadership, staffing and links with business. Extensive training and support materials, including practical case studies, are available to support workshops and further development within your institution.

HEInnovate is intended for higher education institutions (Universities, University Colleges, Polytechnics etc) who are interested in assessing themselves against a number of statements related to the entrepreneurial and innovative nature of their higher education environment.

HEInnovate covers seven areas for self-assessment:

  • Leadership and Governance
  • Organisational Capacity: Funding, People and Incentives
  • Entrepreneurial Teaching and Learning
  • Preparing and Supporting Entrepreneurs
  • Knowledge Exchange and Collaboration
  • The Internationalised Institution
  • Measuring Impact

Under each of the seven areas, statements have been designed so that individuals can rate them on a scale of ’not applicable’ (n/a) to 5, according to how much they agree or disagree with the statement in relation to their institution. On the scale, 1 represents the lowest and 5 the highest score.

This is not a benchmarking tool. It can be used by individuals or by groups of people. The group function allows stakeholders in higher education institutions to come together and compare their assessments internally, compare against previous assessments as well as see how perceptions change over time.