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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

Evvy Award for an excellent evaluation on socio-economic effects

Terttu Luukkonen

VTT Group for Technology Studies

P.O.Box 1002

FIN-02044 VTT


Evvy award for an excellent evaluation on socio economic effects

Elements of evaluation

Communication

of results

Understanding

context,

agenda

Methods,

data collection

conclusions


Assessment of the additional appropriation for research

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

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


Evvy award for an excellent evaluation on socio economic effects

R&D expenditure in the private and public sector

1991–1998, estimate for 1999


Focus of evaluation

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

Focus: topics

  • Productivity and employment

  • Modernisation and regional employment

  • Basic research

  • Networking

  • National Technology Agency


Evidence

Evidence

  • Eight background studies

  • Interviews with key persons (68)

    • administration

    • universities

    • research institutes and other research organisations

    • industry

  • Relevant studies carried out elsewehere


Studies

Studies

  • 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

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


Impacts

Impacts

  • 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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