Categories: R&D, innovation, and commercialization; regional industries and economies

Overview: The Evidence Network (TEN) uses a novel methodology to assess the impact of investments in research, innovation, and business support. The impact assessment architecture allows the team to produce standardized impact assessments that are comparable across organizations and programs and over time. The surveys can be customized to reflect the specifics of program delivery mechanisms and targeted client firms. TEN’s standardized yet customizable approach addresses the challenge of benchmarking dissimilar programs.

TEN measures the impact of investments in regional institutions such as economic development organizations, research institutes, university technology transfer offices, research and technology commercialization networks, science parks, and business support programs.

Unit of Analysis: Firms on whose behalf the investments in research, innovation, and business support have been made

Form: Institution- and program-specific reports

Key Data Elements:

Resources & capabilities

  • Knowledge, information, advice
  • Financing
  • Opportunities for promotion & influence
  • Research & business linkages
  • Technology services
  • Complementary business services
Firm performance
  • Revenues
  • Exports
  • Employment
  • Valuation
  • Ability to raise financing
  • New products
  • Process & services
  • Time to market

Data Collection Method: Primary, firm level data collected directly from the firms on whose behalf the investments in research, innovation, and business support have been made. Their clients provide contact information that is used for the web-based survey.

Access: Fee-based access

Potential Uses for Regional Analysis: Measurement of impacts of investments in research, innovation, and business support by funder, class of funder, and region. Results inform future investments and support continuous improvement in the design and delivery of program services.

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