SMARTCymru RD&I programme – final programme review

CM International carries out final review of Welsh Government’s SMARTCymru initiative

This evaluation was commissioned by Welsh Government, and built on CMI’s earlier mid-term evaluation of SMARTCymru. The programme represented the primary R&D funding programme for business in Wales, and was delivered alongside other core Welsh Government funding programmes for innovation.
The final evaluation research included interrogation of programme monitoring data and a workshop with management and delivery staff, and a final survey of business beneficiaries. Additional surveys were also undertaken with a counterfactual sample of businesses, and a wider business survey to test awareness of the programme. Key areas of analysis included gross outputs, net impacts, value for money, cost benefit analysis and Strategic Added Value. The final evaluation report identified conclusions and future recommendations.
Client: Welsh Government