Alberta Advanced Education and Technology

Using system outcomes to assess performance in innovation

Until Alberta restructured its innovation system in 2010, the Life Sciences Branch in Alberta Advanced Education and Technology focused on the application of science and research and the innovative use of technology to help Alberta develop a more diverse, knowledge-based economy. The Branch was responsible for three research Institutes: the Alberta Agricultural Research Institute, the Alberta Forestry Research Institute and the Alberta Life Sciences Institute.


The challenge was to create a comprehensive measurement and accountability framework that the Branch could use to assess its impact on the innovation system.


A Strategy Roadmap was developed to articulate an effective strategy for the Branch and to clarify its contribution to the innovation system. Its roles was ultimately defined as making Alberta stakeholders more aware of innovation opportunities, preparing stakeholders to pursue these opportunities, and motivating them to take action.


The Branch developed key indicators based on the expected outcomes.