Here are answers to some questions you may have. If you have any other questions, please contact info(at)cluster-research.org.

Who can participate in the survey?

The survey is open to all types of cluster initiatives, regardless of what they are called or which form they have.  By cluster initiatives we mean organisations or projects that are

  • a collaboration between firms, government agencies and sometimes also academic institutions
  • to promote economic development
  • by improving the competitiveness of one or several specific business sectors.

This includes, for example, networking projects, science parks with a specific industry focus, public-private competitiveness partnerships, cluster projects carried out by international donor organizations, etc.

The survey should be filled in by the person who is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the cluster initiative. Such a person often has a title like 'manager', 'facilitator', or 'project leader'.

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Is participation free of charge?

Yes, the survey is completely free of charge.

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I want to participate - how do I get an invitation?

The survey is closed and is no longer possible to sign up for participation.

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How can I learn the about the findings of the survey?

Survey respondents will get a Comparison Report. On this web site, we will also post information about reports that are published based on this survey.

An analysis of the survey will be presented in a USAID report. When finished, this report will be e-mailed to all respondents.

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Where can I find the results from the 2003 survey?

The results from the 2003 survey, focusing mainly on OECD countries, are available in The Cluster Initiative Greenbook. You can download it free of charge.

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Who is organising and financing the 2005 survey?

USAID is financing the project and has commissioned The Mitchell Group to carry it out. The people involved are:

Contact person at The Mitchell Group is:

  • Mr. Jenkins Cooper

Contact person at USAID is:

  • Ms. Amy Cogan, Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade

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Updated: 2005-03-30