SQW present their findings from the evaluation of Smart (R&D grants) at a pan-European event on evaluating innovation policy


The European Commission coordinates cross-country sharing on the research and evaluation of R&D and innovation policies. January 2018 saw the UK's turn to host the two-day event, which was attended by participants from across Europe and had a focus on combining approaches when evaluating policies. Jonathan Cook, Director at SQW, presented on our evaluation of Smart, which we have been doing for Innovate UK since September 2014. The presentation covered the retrospective impact evaluation and the initial findings from the longitudinal impact evaluation that is due to finish later this year.

Key areas covered in the presentation were:

  • The mixed methods approach taken to the study, including the use of a two-group design (both beneficiaries and unsuccessful applicants), combining perception-based data from surveys with econometric techniques, and the use of qualitative company case studies.
  • Key findings in quantifying impacts, e.g. on project additionality, business outcomes and econometric evidence.
  • The pathways to impacts, and the contribution of wider funding and business developments.
  • Evidence on spillover effects.

For more information about the evaluation, please contact Jonathan Cook at SQW.