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Evvy Award for an excellent evaluation on socio-economic effects. Terttu Luukkonen VTT Group for Technology Studies P.O.Box 1002 FIN-02044 VTT. Elements of evaluation. Communication of results. Understanding context, agenda. Methods, data collection conclusions.

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Evvy Award for an excellent evaluation on socio-economic effects

Terttu Luukkonen

VTT Group for Technology Studies

P.O.Box 1002

FIN-02044 VTT

Elements of evaluation


of results





data collection


Assessment of the additional appropriation for research

Evaluation carried out by Aaatto Prihti, Luke Georghiou, Elisabeth Helander, Jyrki Juusela, Frieder Meyer-Krahmer, Bertil Roslin, Tuire Santamäki-Vuori, Mirja Gröhn

Background for the evaluation

  • Deep recession in the early 90s

  • Still growth of R&D expenditures in both private and public sector, though more in the private sector

  • A big additional appropriation for R&D to further the economy and employment

  • Political question of the level of R&D funding by the public sector

R&D expenditure in the private and public sector

1991–1998, estimate for 1999

Focus of evaluation

  • It was impossible to evaluate the impacts of the ongoing approriation programme on the economy

  • A solution: to evaluate the general rationale of public R&D funding and the impact of past funding on the whole system

  • Attention also to bottlenecks in the R&D system

Focus: topics

  • Productivity and employment

  • Modernisation and regional employment

  • Basic research

  • Networking

  • National Technology Agency


  • Eight background studies

  • Interviews with key persons (68)

    • administration

    • universities

    • research institutes and other research organisations

    • industry

  • Relevant studies carried out elsewehere


  • Innovation policy and public R&D funding - impact on company success and job creation in Finland

  • Impact of public R&D funding on the profitability and growth performance of firms

  • Public R&D funding, technological competitiveness, productivity, and job creation

Studies, continued:

  • Regional impacts of R&D and public R&D funding

  • Public R&D funding and international technology commercialisation

  • Economic evaluation of Finnish cluster programmes

  • Research evaluation in Finland

  • A bibliometric study of Finnish science


  • The evaluation supported the decision to continue public R&D funding at a high level

  • It supported a governmental proposal to increase basic funding of universities

  • It is leading to an evaluation of the National Technology Agency and the whole technology support system

  • Further measures are under consideration at the Cabinet-level Science and Technology Policy Council

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