Monitoring & Evaluation
Evaluation is an essential part of economic development, assessing the performance of projects and programmes compared to costs, and indicating areas for improvement. It ensures that money is being spent efficiently and effectively, and provides evidence of impacts.
BiGGAR Economics has undertaken numerous evaluations of programmes and projects across the UK. Our approach involves detailed analysis of inputs and outputs using information from grant application forms, consultations with funders and survey work. In particular we work closely with the beneficiaries of projects/programmes, communities themselves, to assess the wider impact of the intervention and whether it has produced additional benefit.
- evaluation of the Changing Age for Business project, an initiative designed to help businesses take advantage of the opportunities presented by the ageing population by encouraging engagement with Newcastle University’s internationally excellent programme of ageing research;
- evaluation of the ScotCHEM research pooling exercise, an initiative designed to increase the competitiveness of Scottish chemistry research, on behalf of the Scottish Funding Council;
- evaluation of the Frameworks NW programme, which was designed to provide support to companies and other organisations in the north west of England to maximise successful applications for funding to the European Union’s Framework Programme and to the Technology Strategy Board;
- evaluation of the North East of England’s Collaborative Innovation Partnerships (CIPs), which supported first interactions between the academic research base and companies;
- evaluation of the Scottish Semi-conductor Supplier Forum, a Scottish Enterprise supported, industry-led initiative to support the development of companies in the semi-conductor sector;
- evaluation of Scottish Enterprise’s Tayside Expert Support Programme, to determine its overall value and the impact on participating businesses and on the Tayside economy;
- an evaluation of the Edinburgh Science Triangle as it developed from a science park collaborative marketing project to a science community development initiative;