Why should I use IMP3rove?
IMP3rove is an approach with an
integrated online assessment to quickly and confidentially determine where a
company stands in terms of its competitiveness, sustainable growth and
Innovation Management. The IMP3rove
Assessment provides the answers to the following questions: Does the company’s
innovation strategy, organisation, culture, life cycle management or enabling
factors facilitate the innovation? Which areas should be reviewed? What are the
company’s strengths and weaknesses? The IMP3rove
Assessment effectively analyses all these aspects.
Why should I use consulting support after the
The IMP3rove Assessment provides
transparency on the company’s competitiveness and Innovation Management
performance. In most cases, companies will need guidance in implementing the
required improvements. Consultants or Innovation Management support providers
can help develop a customised roadmap to meet the company’s needs and support
the appetite for change based on an objective interpretation of results from the
What makes this consulting method and online assessment
better than the others? Why are they suitable for my needs?
The Innovation Management consultancy approach is a proven methodology. it is
designed for adding value by concrete suggestions for continuous improvement and
for tangible business results.
The IMP3rove Innovation
Management consulting approach and tools developed by
IMP3rove are holistic and
integrated; are truly European in scope and take the industry context into
account; are based on the experience with almost 3800 SMEs Innovation
Management. IMP3rove has the
largest and most up-to-date database in Europe.
How can the online assessment claim to be applicable to
all industries and to all company sizes?
Although the questions related to Innovation Management are the same, the
benchmarking is executed by the industry sector.
How do you know which of the consultants or
intermediaries listed will provide the best service?
The level of proficiency in Innovation Management and in the
IMP3rove Approach are provided for each of the consultants and
intermediaries. The level of proficiency goes from
IMP3rove Guide, IMP3rove
Expert Level I, IMP3rove Expert
Level II up to IMP3rove Auditor.
Each IMP3rove partner has
completed at least one IMP3rove
Assessment with a SME. The number of completed IMP3rove
Assessments is provided in the profile of the IMP3rove
partner. As with choosing any other supplier, you should not hesitate in asking
the consultant about their experience, their fees, references and success
stories. Based on the reputation of the organisations listed, the pricing
structure they apply to their services, and the guarantees that they provide,
you can decide for yourself which intermediary or consultant is most suited to
How can I benefit from this system without going through
a time-consuming procedure?
The IMP3rove Assessment is a
well-structured path to increased competitiveness and Innovation Management
performance. Filling in the “IMP3rove
Assessment” only takes two to three hours. However you can interrupt the
assessment at anytime and resume later. Once you have completed the
IMP3rove Assessment, you can select the sample against which
you would like to benchmark your company and request the
IMP3rove Assessment report. Shortly after that (no more than
30 minutes) you can download the IMP3rove
Assessment report with the benchmarking results. Within less than half a day you
have analysed your company’s Innovation Management performance and benchmarked
against the competitors. For the level of detail and the structured presentation
of the results you normally would need several days to gain the same insight. If
you wish personal assistance during the IMP3rove
Assessment you can select and contact an IMP3rove
Consultant. Complementing the insights from the IMP3rove
Assessment you can complete the “Root/Cause Analysis”. It offers additional
insights and benchmarks. This assessment will probably take about two hours. The
IMP3rove Root/Cause Analysis report can be generated and
downloaded the same way as the IMP3rove
How can I get a feedback on the questions?
In the IMP3rove Assessment report
and the IMP3rove Root/Cause
Analysis report the results of the benchmarking are graphical visualized
including a brief text description of how the results should be interpreted. If
the company has selected an Innovation Management expert (certified
IMP3rove Consultant) for follow-up services, the consultant
will contact the company. The consultant will be informed via the
IMP3rove platform that the company has completed an
assessment. However, the consultant will have no access to the
Does using the IMP3rove
system cost anything?
Using the online assessment questionnaire is free of charge. The report is also
issued free of charge. For the follow-up services provided by Innovation
Management professionals, the charges have to be negotiated with the consultant
If innovative products are not produced by a company, is
the tool still worthwhile for them?
The IMP3rove Approach is best
used by innovative companies. However, other companies benefit from the
IMP3rove Approach by understanding of the gap with their
innovative competitors and of their own competitive position. By filling in the
questionnaires and discussing the applicable answers the SMEs will learn about
improving their Innovation Management performance and competitiveness. For those
who do not consider themselves innovative, filling out the questionnaire is
likely to be a source and stimulation for new ideas. Often companies which do
not consider themselves innovative are innovative indeed in terms of innovative
new processes or organisational structures. The online assessment also supports
If a company is very small, is a similar exercise useful
The IMP3rove Approach is designed
for companies with more than 5 employees. The larger the company, the more
important systematic Innovation Management is for sustainable growth and
How do Innovation Management services increase the
development of my business and its reputation?
SMEs will receive the following benefits from the Innovation Management
consultancy service: an as-is analysis of the Innovation Management’s
contribution of the company’s growth and competitiveness; recommendations and
action plans; assistance with implementing the improvement measures, including
checklists, tools and monitoring of the implementation success; a report on
long-term impact of the changes implemented; and access to the network of the
service provider, which may include SME clusters, co-operation networks, or
sources of financing. These benefits can provide a positive contribution to a
company’s Innovation Management performance, and therefore its bottom line.
How secure are my personal and company data? How will
confidentiality be respected?
Customer protection is our utmost concern. All personal and company data will be
treated highly confidential and kept inaccessible for any third party. The
company may keep in private some critical parts of the report. When we process
the personal data and company data that is collected during your visits to the
www.improve-innovation.eu website, we always observe the rules laid down in the
applicable data protection laws. All results are aggregated figures without
mentioning the companies’ names. We use secure servers. Your data will not be
disclosed publicly by us, nor transferred to any third parties without your
What do I need to prepare for the
You will find a detailed English checklist here. German checklist is available
here. French checklist coming soon