In the 2020 U.S. Innovation Scorecard — the fifth year we've measured states' innovation policies — CTA evaluated all 50 states to determine which are doing the most to foster innovation. We graded states on 12 quantitative and qualitative categories including internet speed and cost, STEM education, diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and support for disruptive technologies including self-driving vehicles, drones and e-scooters.
We then ranked the states in one of four ascending tiers: Modest Innovators, Innovation Adopters, Innovation Leaders and our highest level, Innovation Champions.
With the 2019 International Innovation Scorecard, we are expanding the report in both breadth and depth, adding 23 new countries and two new categories. In this second edition, we evaluate 61 countries and the European Union across 28 indicators, to determine whether they are stifling progress or fueling the fires of innovation and improving our lives.