Funder: Welsh European Funding Office
Start date: July 2011
End date: December 2011
In partnership with Old Bell 3 Ltd and IFF Research, WISERD undertook a survey of ERDF assisted businesses under the Convergence and Competitiveness Programmes for WEFO. The survey findings supplement existing Programme monitoring data to assess the effectiveness of the ERDF Enterprise, Business Finance, and R&D and Innovation Priorities. The survey also provided useful information to WEFO on the outcomes achieved by the businesses assisted and financially supported by ERDF projects, at the mid-point of the current Programmes. In addition to the survey, further analysis was also undertaken to investigate the feasibility of using other sources of data about businesses (commercial databases, ONS Business Surveys) to investigate whether ERDF support can be proven to have a demonstrable effect on business survival and performance.
In addition to the main ERDF Business Survey, WISERD also contributed to a project (led by Old Bell 3 Ltd) to undertake a Mid Programme Evaluation of the Welsh Government’s Customer Engagement (CE) EU funded project for its Department for Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science. The project consisted of two separate but integrally related ERDF projects, one funded by the Convergence ERDF Programme (covering West Wales and the Valleys), the second by the Competitiveness ERDF Programme (covering East Wales). The CE project was included in the original sample of the ERDF business survey and so a bespoke analysis of the ERDF Business Survey was undertaken in relation to the CE project.
Final report available here.
As part of the WISERD Civil Society Seminar series, Tom Jones OBE presents an insider’s perspective on the role of civil society organizations in policy-making in Wales, the UK and Europe.
As part of the WISERD Centre for Welsh Politics and Society Seminar Series, Dr Taulant Guma from the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University presents emerging findings from the WISERD/Civil Society project on ‘Migrants, Minorities and Engagement in Local Civil Society’.