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The objectives of this study are twofold. The first is a methodological one, involving the identification of appropriate methods to evaluate programmes relating to R&D and testing the reliability of one selected method. The second objective is to draw some preliminary conclusions on the role of small and medium-sized firms in EC-programmes; such as reasons for participation, expected effects and the extent to which these firms take into account the economic effect of R&D. A methods mix, integrating the control groups method together with case studies, is proposed. The report also states that this will only be effective if appropriate work is done in advance, in particular an investigation of the commercial environment in which the evaluation takes place. The BRITE/EURAM sub-programme Aeronautics has been taken as an example of how to implement the methodological suggestions of the report, and recommendations have been made for future evaluations.

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Authors: HORNSCHILD K, CEC Bruxelles (BE);MEYER-KRAHMER F, CEC Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 14197 EN (1992) 129 pp., FS, ECU 13.50
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ISBN: ISBN 92-826-3817-0
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