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MLE on Evaluation of Business R&D Grant Schemes



MLE Evaluation of business R&D grant schemes (fact sheet)

An overview of the MLE on Evaluation of business R&D grant schemes


MLE on evaluation of business R&D grant schemes – Kick-off meeting

9 June 2017
DG Research and Innovation - Unit A4
Brussels, Belgium

The kick-off meeting for this Mutual Learning Exercise (MLE) will focus on the main themes chosen by participants of the first MLE on 'Ex-post evaluation of business R&I grants schemes' as well as on the organisation, planning and finalisation of the modus operandi of the exercise. The main findings of the previous MLE will be presented, as will the themes of the first two country visits: Big Data and methods for capturing behavioural change. Participants from the host countries will present the state of the art in their countries, as well as the learning opportunities from the visits. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss their current practices, expectations and priorities regarding the chosen themes.   

MLE on evaluation of business R&D grant schemes: first country visit – measurement, randomised trials and big data

31 August 2017
DG Research and Innovation - Unit A4
Oslo, Norway

This first country visit will provide participants the opportunity to learn about the methodologies and practices followed in Norway for the evaluation of research and innovation grant schemes for businesses and to discuss specific methodological challenges. These methodological issues will include: the use of advanced analytics in management and policy development from the perspective of different policy actors, quasi experimental designs for the evaluation of business R&D grant schemes, and the use of big data. Big data approaches in policy evaluation face specific challenges related to data linking and data sharing, using new data sources and analytics and dealing with ethical issues related to linking, sharing and analysing more data.

MLE on evaluation of business R&D grant schemes: second country visit – measuring and understanding behavioural change

26 October 2017 to 27 October 2017
DG RTD, Unit A4
Stockholm, Sweden

Methods for measuring and understanding behavioural effects when evaluating R&D business grant schemes are essential to better understand the outcomes of this type of policy instrument. Such effects can include organisational routines and innovation capabilities, for example. The methodological and practical challenges of assessing behavioural change are complex and diverse. A firm’s behaviour is influenced by many more factors than just the evaluated scheme or set of schemes. We will discuss methods that open up the ‘black box’ of beneficiaries and look at how they benefit from R&D business grants in detail, as well as the associated challenges, during this two-day learning exercise in Stockholm.  

MLE on evaluation of business R&D grant schemes: third country visit – combining quantitative and qualitative approaches

15 January 2018 to 16 January 2018
London, United Kingdom

This learning visit and workshop will explore how evaluation approaches can be combined in order to better understand if and why a particular instrument is successfully addressing its objectives and achieving the expected impact. The participants will have the opportunity to discuss the approaches used in the UK for evaluating measures supporting R&I with local experts. Emphasis will be given to how advanced quantitative methods can be combined with qualitative ones in order to better understand the impact of the schemes on the performance and behaviour of companies. 

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