Policy evaluation (CBR research area)

The CBR carries out policy relevant research under a number of research themes. In addition, the Policy Evaluation Unit at the CBR conducts short-term and long-term contract research in both the public and private sectors. The kinds of projects the Unit undertakes are: a range of evaluations and impact assessments of government initiatives in the areas of innovation, growth and finance; and analysis of the barriers and drivers of firm performance. These evaluations depend on using appropriate databases to develop and test models of company performance, often the result of complex survey design and execution for which the CBR has an international reputation.

Associated research themes

Corporate growth

Entrepreneurship policy

Financial institutions and governance

Financial regulation

Innovation policy

Innovation systems

Research and development

Science and technology policy

SMEs business advice and support

Associated research projects

Agglomerative and Deglomerative Processes and Small Firms Development in Business and Professional Services

Analysis of Middle Market Firms

Analysis of the Relationship between Training and Business Performance

Assessing the Impact of the National Minimum Wage on Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SME Survey)

Bankruptcy Law and Entrepreneurship

Barriers to Innovation and Growth in High Technology SMEs: The Role of Absorptive Capacity

Building a Biomedical Enterprise and Commercialising Science: Entrepreneurial UK Genomics Firms in Comparative Perspective

Building Economic Competitiveness: Lessons from Small Peripheral European States

China Engineering Scoping Study

CIS4 and Oslo Manual Revision: Early Stage Pilot

Comparative Study of Knowledge Exchange in the United States and the United Kingdom

Competition and Performance

Competition, Takeovers and Investment

Competitiveness and Productivity of the UK Design Engineering Sector

The Competitiveness of the UK and its Multinational Companies

The Connectivity of the Arts and Humanities: New Analysis of Missing Links

The Contribution of Services and Other Sectors to Australian Productivity Growth 1995-2005

Corporate Law and Economic Performance

Corporate Rescue: Impact of the Enterprise Act 2002

Corporate Responses to Macroeconomic Changes and Shocks

Dynamics of Institutions and Markets in Europe (DIME)

Evaluation of the Effectiveness of HEFCE/OSI Third Stream Funding

Evaluation of the Golden Key Package Component of the Small Business Initiative Funded by the British Bankers Association

Evidence Base for Innovation Policy (UK~IRC)

Evolution of Governance Arrangements in the Family Firm

Finance, Training and SME Performance: An Evaluation Study of the Small Business Initiative

FINNOV – Finance, Innovation and Growth: Changing Patterns and Policy Implications

Flexible Specialisation, Competitive Advantage and Business Structuring in the UK Computer Industry

Funding Breakthrough Technology

Funding Models, Research Performance and the Effects of the UK National Science System

The Globalising Behaviour of UK Firms in a Comparative Context

Government Support for Small Business Innovation and the SBIR

High Tech CEOs and Their Businesses

Impact of the Enterprise Act 2002

The Impact of the National Minimum Wage on Small and Medium Sized Enterprises

The Integrated Knowledge Centre (IKC) Commercialisation Laboratory

International Innovation Benchmarking and the Determinants of Business Success

Knowledge Exchange between Arts and Humanities and the Private, Public and Third Sectors

The Knowledge Hub (UK~IRC)

Manufacturing Strategy and Competitiveness



The National Small and Medium Sized Business Surveys

Networks, Collective Learning and R&D in Regionally Clustered High-technology Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

New Modes of Innovation: Managerial and Strategic Business Practices and Open Innovation (UK~IRC)

Northern Ireland SME Benchmarking Survey

The Organisation of Entrepreneurial Technology Firms in Several European Countries

Research Using UK Innovation Survey 2005 Data

The Role of Banks versus Venture Capital in Financing Small Enterprises in Successful European Regions

The Role of "Soft Companies" and Government R&D Contracts in Development of SMEs

The Role of Technology Policy in Incubating European New Technology-Based Firms

Services Innovation and Innovative Performance at the Sector Level (UK~IRC)

SME Finance and Innovation in the Current Economic Crisis

SME Performance and Policy

Spatial Variations in Innovations and Absorptive Capacity

Startup Finance: A Study of Micro Finance amongst Soft and Hard Companies

Strategic Advisory Board on Intellectual Property (SABIP) Review

Territorial Clustering and Innovative Milieux: Technology-based Firms in the Cambridge and Oxford Regions

The UK Innovation Research Centre (UK~IRC)

UK~IRC and CIHE Task Force: Enhancing Value: Getting the Most out of UK Research

Universities and Their Role in Systems of Innovation: A Comparative Assessment of UK and US Institutions and Locales

University-Industry Knowledge Exchange: Demand Pull, Supply Push and the Public Space Role of Higher Education Institutions in the UK Regions