The University of Bradford, Evaluation of the Yorkshire Innovation Fund (YIF)

Carney Green undertook a longitudinal evaluation of the Yorkshire Innovation Fund (YIF). The YIF Project, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), was designed to support Yorkshire and Humber Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) to work with local universities to help develop ideas, grow their businesses and create new employment opportunities through the provision of research and development and innovation (R&D&I) services. Our evaluation incorporated consultation with over 150 individuals, including 90 businesses.

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Carney Green produced a comprehensive and well received evaluation of the Yorkshire Innovation Fund (YIF), which was impressive considering the complexity of the YIF and the large number of partner organisations involved. The evaluation involved Carney Green designing and testing a range of ‘impact indicators’. These indicators enabled a raft of wider innovation-focused outcomes and impacts, for businesses and universities, to be identified and quantified.

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