Support to SMEs, increasing research and innovation in SMEs and SME development
Ex post evaluation of Cohesion Policy programmes 2007-2013, focusing on the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund (CF) : executive summaries : work package 2
This report presents the main findings of Work Package 2 “Support to SMEs - Increasing research and innovation in SMEs and SME development”, part of the ex post evaluation of Cohesion Policy programmes 2007-2013, focusing on the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). It aims to assess the effects of ERDF support to micro, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and to outline the mechanisms and context features that explain why and how these effects were achieved. To fulfil these objectives, an ambitious evaluation methodology, innovative in many ways, was put in place. The evaluation... comprised several activities at different levels of analysis, from the EU level to examples of specific Operational Programmes (OPs)1 and policy instruments.2 Methodological tools included: a literature review on the rationale and evidence of effectiveness of public support to SMEs, an analysis of the policy instruments addressed to SMEs implemented in a sample of 50 OPs representing 65% of the expenditure addressed to SMEs, a statistical analysis of the regional socio-economic context in which the 50 OPs were implemented, eight case studies of selected OPs, a seminar with representatives of Managing Authorities and external experts and, finally, three theory-based impact evaluations of three policy instruments implemented in different contexts, mobilising direct surveys to beneficiaries and Bayesian Network Analysis. Overall, approximately 400 direct interviews to stakeholders were carried out and 700 questionnaires from beneficiary SMEs were collected.
- Corporate author(s): Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (European Commission)
- Personal author(s): ZEW; CSIL; CSES Themes: Enterprise policy, European Regional Development Fund
- Subject: aid to undertakings, Cohesion Fund, European Regional Development Fund, financing, innovation, operational programme, public investment, small and medium-sized enterprises