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Results of the ex-post evaluation of the ERDF support to SME innovation and development are now available

April 2016, 

CSIL has concluded the ex-post assessment of the effectiveness and overall impact of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in supporting SME innovation and development. This evaluation was part of a comprehensive programme (structured into 14 thematic work-packages) of ex post evaluations of ERDF and Cohesion Fund (CF) interventions financed over the 2007-2013 programming period. The specific objective of this evaluation (work-package 2) was to assess the effects of the ERDF support SMEs growth and innovation as well as to outline the mechanisms and context features that explain why and how these effects were achieved.

A specific and new methodology was designed by CSIL experts to carry out this evaluation. It involved the deployment of the theory-based impact evaluation approach, never previously used to evaluate EU business support, and an original technique for processing micro-level data on beneficiary SMEs that was suitable for investigating the way that the ERDF affects SMEs performance, such as the Bayesian Network Analysis.

Results are now available on DG Regio website. Click here to see all the deliverables.