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This Guide is in effect a Handbook for those concerned with commissioning, implementing, or using evaluation and monitoring in the context of innovation programmes. As such, it comprises a large collection of Question-and-Answer formulations dealing with issues that arise when bringing evaluation approaches to bear here. This means that a conventional Executive Summary is not really feasible, and thus here we will focus on explicating the main structure of the Guide and the critical elements of the philosophy behind it.
The structure of the Guide is straightforward. First the nature of innovation programme evaluation is introduced, and the reasons for undertaking it set out. Arguments against such evaluation are addressed. Different approaches to evaluation are set out and the scoping of evaluation studies examined. The range of methods that can be brought to bear are briefly set out, together with a discussion of the issues that arise in terms of impact assessment. Finally the Guide concludes with a discussion of the reporting, use, and embedding of innovation programme evaluation.
The main philosophy that underlies the Guide was crystallised in the course of the current study, and draws very much on inputs we received from interviewees and our High Level Working Group.

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