Growth Analysis’ operations are changing in 2017 at the request of the Swedish Government. Within this change, the agency’s overseas-based operations and certain regional development duties were moved. At the same time, Growth Analysis’ assignments were extended to encompass more complex evaluations and analyses of commercial and growth policy relevance.
In addition to ongoing reporting in the field of overseas-based business intelligence and regional monitoring and analysis, the following areas disappeared from Growth Analysis on 1 January 2017:
Until 2016, Growth Analysis was responsible for the analysis tools Raps and Pinpoint Sweden (Pipos) which are used for relevant and up-to-date information, statistics, databases, and as forecast instruments. The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth took over these tools.
Raps (regional analysis and forecast system)
Raps was a forecasting tool that builds on a database with statistics broken down by region. Raps is used for analyses and forecasts of regional development.
Pinpoint Sweden (Pipos) was a platform that shows geographic accessibility. Pipos is primarily developed to calculate distance and time between various geographic areas.
Until 2016, Growth Analysis was responsible for the growth policy intelligence work based abroad and for the promotion of efforts relating to growth, innovation, research and education policy, and other areas of importance for Swedish competitiveness and sustainable growth. Growth Analysis used to have overseas-based operations in Brasilia, New Delhi, Peking, Tokyo, and Washington DC. Those have been moved to the Swedish Government Offices.
Growth Analysis’ foreign-based operations had three roles:
We provided our primary stakeholders with general information and analysis related to growth, innovation, research and education policy.
2. Formation of alliances
We facilitated and supported the formation of strategic alliances between Swedish and foreign players.
3. Operative support
We worked in situ on the agreements that Sweden has with other countries, and we made it possible for financers to send their own staff to Growth Analysis’ offices. We were also Sweden’s Office of Science and Innovation at the embassies where we had offices.
A lot of this business intelligence can be found in the publications of Direct response.