The article examines the main approaches for utilization of different indicators of innovation development that are used by regional authorities for monitoring established goals. There are two groups of indicators: the first level indicators (indicators of innovative development, which are used in regional development programs to assess the achievement of the goals of innovation policy) and the second-level indicators (indicators that are used by the federal government for the comparative analysis of innovative development of the regions). This paper presents the results of a comparative analysis of first-level indicators used in the innovative development programs of European and Russian regions. The article also presents a set of second-level indicators for implementation at the federal level in order to monitor innovative development of Russian regions and to use for realization of the Russian innovative development strategy.
Keywords: measurement of innovation activities, regional innovation indexes, target indicators, innovative regions of Russia, regional programs of innovative development