Evaluation and Impact Analyses

The Austrian Institute for SME Research conducts evaluations and impact analyses of measures, programmes and institutions in various policy areas at international, national and regional level. This involves the analysis and evaluation of the efficiency and effectiveness of the use of public subsidies and other measures in view of limited resources and increasing (inter)national competitive pressure. The relevant research work forms an essential component of a learning and strategically oriented national and European policy making. The evaluation activities of the Austrian Institute for SME Research focus on research, technology and innovation policy (RTI policy), environmental and economic policy as well as labour market and social policy. The Institute is a member of the working group FTI of the German Society for Evaluation e.V. (DeGEval) and a member of the platform fteval. The evaluations of the Austrian Institute for SME Research are based on the (quality) standards developed by these institutions.

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Selected Projects

On behalf of

European Commission, DG Research and Innovation

Completed

2023/06

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Peter Kaufmann

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On behalf of

Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology

Completed

2022/08

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Harald Wieser

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On behalf of

German Federal Ministry of Finance

Expected Completion

2026/06

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Peter Kaufmann

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On behalf of

Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology

Completed

2020/05

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Eva Heckl

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Your Contact Persons

Peter Kaufmann

Deputy Director
p.kaufmann@kmuforschung.ac.at
+43 1 5059761-31

Eva Heckl

Senior Researcher
e.heckl@kmuforschung.ac.at
+43 1 505 97 61 - 36

Harald Wieser

Senior Researcher
h.wieser@kmuforschung.ac.at
+43 1 5059761 - 27
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Impact monitoring of the Swiss Innovation Agency (Innosuisse) funding portfolio

Together with ecolysis, the Austrian Institute for SME Research (KMU Forschung Austria) supports the Swiss Innovation Agency (Innosuisse) in the period 2023 – 2026 in setting up and implementing an impact monitoring of the Innosuisse funding portfolio. Based on the strategic goals…
Expected Completion
2027/01
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Accompanying and ex-post evaluation of the tax-based research funding scheme in Germany

This accompanying and ex-post evaluation is implemented on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Finance based on the evaluation plan approved by the European Commission in the period 2022 to 2025. Due to the accompanying character, there is an ongoing examination of…
Expected Completion
2026/06
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Accompanying evaluation of the EXIST-programme

The funding programme "EXIST – university based business start-ups" aims to increase the number and success of technology-oriented and knowledge-based start-ups and to improve the start-up climate at German universities and non-university research institutes. This accompanying evaluation focuses on the EXIST -…
Expected Completion
2025/12
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Impact monitoring of programmes managed by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) 2017-2021

The impact monitoring of RTDI funding for Austrian companies and research organisations, managed by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), assesses direct impacts of the funded projects on RTDI inputs, behavioural changes, and outputs. The results of the analyses serve as an…
Expected Completion
2025/12
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Accompanying evaluation of the funding measures of the BMWi in the 7th Energy Research Programme (Begleitevaluation der Fördermaßnahmen des BMWi im 7. Energieforschungsprogramm )

The analysis covers the design and implementation of the 'Funding Announcement for Applied Non-nuclear Research Funding' and the guideline for 'Funding of Energy Transition Real Laboratories' within the 7th Energy Research Programme 'Innovations for the Energy Transition' of the Federal Ministry for…
Expected Completion
2025/01
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Practice lab impact assessment in the R&D programme Mobility of the Future

The climate neutrality of the mobility system is more urgent than ever. Therefore, it is also necessary to use suitable monitoring to show the progress of research projects up to their implementation in social practice and thus also to identify supporting and…
Expected Completion
2023/12
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Short evaluation of the BRIDGE Discovery programme

The BRIDGE funding programme has been implemented jointly by the Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF and Innosuisse - Swiss Innovation Agency since 2017, and consists of the two funding lines Proof of Concept and Discovery. This short evaluation focuses on BRIDGE Discovery…
Expected Completion
2023/11
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Evaluation of the national Digital Innovation Hubs

The national Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) form a central contact point for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with support needs in the area of digital transformation. The aim of the evaluation is to determine to what extent the existing DIHs are visible…
Expected Completion
2023/10
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Evaluation of the Houska Prize

The Houska Prize, awarded annually since 2005, is the highest endowed private prize for applied research in Austria. The aim of the evaluation is to determine the extent to which the Houska Prize has rewarded outstanding science and research projects that have…
Expected Completion
2023/10
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Concept development for impact-oriented RTI monitoring

The Directorate for Innovation and Technology of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK) has a heterogeneous portfolio of thematic priorities, RTI policy instruments and accompanying measures, and implements these with the support of agencies…
Completed
2023/06
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Interim evaluation of the EU Missions

This study supported the European Commission (DG Research) in the assessment of die five EU Missions, the review of mission areas and the analysis of the EU Missions’ portfolio of instruments and actions. Mission Areas review report Cities Mission assessment report 
Completed
2023/06
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Evaluation of License.IP and IP.Market

The project undertakes a comprehensive evaluation of the funding programmes License.IP (2013-2020) and IP.Market (2017-2022) of Austria promotional bank (aws). The evaluation serves to systematically record, evaluate, and reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of the programmes to be able to make…
Expected Completion
2023/04
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Accompanying monitoring, evaluation and research of the call “aws digitalisation – trustworthy artificial intelligence”

Trustworthy artificial intelligence (AI) not only has the potential to change the economy in key future industries as a new basic technology, but could also positively influence the positioning of Austria and Europe in international competition. In this project, the Austrian Institute…
Expected Completion
2022/12
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Evaluation of the Swiss Space Policy since 2008

The subject of the evaluation is Switzerland's space policy as it has developed over the past thirteen years on the basis of the institutional strategy "Swiss Space Policy 2008". The appropriateness and effectiveness of selected guidelines are described and assessed, taking into…
Completed
2022/11
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Research funding to support women

The Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG commissioned this short study in order to examine the status quo with regard to the representation of women in the projects it funds on the one hand, and on the other hand to analyze which measures…
Completed
2022/09
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Programme Evaluation “City of Tomorrow” 2013-2021

This evaluation will examine the effects that the "Stadt der Zukunft" (“City of Tomorrow”) programme has achieved since its inception. The evaluation is based on extensive surveys of research project participants and various multipliers from application areas such as civil engineering and…
Completed
2022/08
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Potentials of trustworthy AI in Austria

The trustworthy use of artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to change the economy in key future industries for the benefit of society and to positively influence the positioning of Austria and Europe in international competition. First, the terminology is clarified in…
Completed
2022/08
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The exploitation potential of applied research projects funded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)

The study analyses which factors influence the commercial exploitation success of applied research projects of enterprises. From this, recommendations for action are derived as to how the agency can further develop its services to promote the realisation of exploitation potential. The analysis…
Completed
2022/02
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Study on the effectiveness of public innovation support for SMEs in Europe

The overall objective of this study was to gather evidence on the effectiveness of public support for innovation in Europe. A key finding of the study is that SMEs in the EU continue to face barriers to innovation; for micro-enterprises, these are…
Completed
2021/03
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Evaluation of the programmes funding “focus on talents” and “research partnerships” (Evaluierung der Programme “Förderschwerpunkt Talente” und “Forschungspartnerschaften”)

Within the framework of the "funding focus on talents" ("Förderschwerpunkt Talente), (potential) researchers are funded in the application-oriented, scientific and technical RTI area. The funding instruments are aimed at children and young people (internships for pupils, regional talents) as well as researchers…
Expected Completion
2021/02
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Competitiveness of the EU Engineering Industries and the Impact of Digitalisation

The study explores the competitiveness of the engineering industries in the EU against its major competitors USA, Japan, South Korea and the BRICs countries. It compares regulatory frameworks of EU and major third country competitors in the field of engineering industries. Furthermore,…
Completed
2020/12
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Evaluation BMVIT Endowed Professorship

The evaluation analyses the instrument "BMVIT endowed professorship" and develops recommendations for the further development of the instrument. The focus is on the organisational and structural framework conditions for endowed professorships from the perspective of the sponsor and the universities. The evaluation…
Completed
2020/05
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Accompanying Evaluation IWB/EFRE AT 2014-20

This accompanying evaluation of the implementation of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) 2014-20 in Austria involves a consortium of six partners, and applies a broad evaluation design. From the variety of methodologies applied in this evaluation, the Austrian Institute for SME…
Completed
2019/12
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Evaluation of the Central Innovation Programme for SMEs

The evaluation of the German Central Innovation Programme for SMEs (ZIM) with its three R&D programme pillars - individual projects, cooperation projects and innovation networks concerns one of the most important instruments of innovation policy in Germany. The evaluation focused on the…
Completed
2019/07
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Portfolioanalyse der unternehmensbezogenen Wirtschafts- und Forschungsförderung des Landes Oberösterreich (Evaluation of Upper Austria’s Portfolio of Funding and Support to Companies)

This evaluation aims to analyse the portfolio of Upper Austria’s funding and support measures provided to companies. At the centre of this exercise is the analysis of the interplay of different measures with regard to their conceptual and design-based orientation towards additionality…
Completed
2018/03
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Evaluation klimaakitv

Within the framework of the project, the klimaaktiv climate protection initiative was evaluated together with the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. Internal and external reports, personal interviews with key stakeholders, an online survey of the partner network and a strategy…
Abschluss
2020/12
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Evaluation of the German Space and Innovation Programme

The evaluation of this support programme of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) covers the period 2011-2018. Programme implementation is largely embedded in the Federal Government's space strategy and Germany's involvement in the European Space Agency ESA. The study…
Abschluss
2021/03
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Recommendations on data bases and methods for the evaluation of R&D tax incentives in Germany

The German government wants to use the R&D tax credit to help increase the share of R&D expenditure in gross domestic product to 3.5 % by 2025 and to supplement the existing project funding. In this project, the Austrian Institute for SME…
Abschluss
2020/05
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Concept for the impact analysis of Innosuisse

In this project, The Austrian Institute for SME Research (KMFA) supports Innosuisse in developing a concept for the agency's impact analysis. In this context, impact logics for the most important funding instruments and the agency as a whole are developed. These form…
Expected Completion
2019/12
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Evaluation of the Austrian Space Strategy 2012-2020 (Evaluierung der Weltraumstrategie 2012-2020)

This evaluation commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK, formerly BMVIT) examined the Austrian space commitment in the period 2012 to 2018 and derived corresponding recommendations for further development. This includes not only the…
Abschluss
2020/03
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Societal Criteria in Upstream Space Infrastructure Procurement

The study on behalf of DG GROW assessed the feasibility of including societal criteria (environmental, innovation, employment-related) in upstream space procurement within the European Union Space Programmes, Copernicus, Galileo and EGNOS. The study required carrying out three tasks: Task 1) Investigate the legal…
Abschluss
2019/05
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Evaluation und Wirkungsanalyse CTI-Entrepreneurship (Impact monitoring and evaluation of the CTI Entrepreneurship Programme)

The accompanying impact analysis and evaluation of the Swiss "CTI Entrepreneurship" Training Programms assesses its conception, implementation and short to medium-term effects. The analysis, carried out by the Austrian Institute for SME Research in cooperation with B, S, S Volkswirtschaftliche Beratung AG…
Abschluss
2019/05
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Wissenschaftliche Begleitung des Projekts: „Multifunktionale Nutzung thermisch aktivierter Bestandsfassaden“ (Accompanying research of the project “Multifunctional use of thermally activated existing facades”)

This project implements the accompanying research of a technical research project, which shows the economic and technical potential of the external component activation for the renovation of existing buildings with prefabricated façade elements and defines the respective conditions and develops new methods.…
Abschluss
2020
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Evaluierung des Programms Klima- und Energie-Modellregionen (Evaluation of the programme “Klima- und Energie-Modellregionen”)

Climate and Energy Model Regions (KEM) is a programme of the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund (KLIEN), which supports regions in the development and implementation of climate change-related measures. The evaluation focuses on the design, implementation, the outcomes as well as the…
Abschluss
2020
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Zwischenevaluierung des FTI-Programms „Mobilität der Zukunft“ (Interim evaluation of the RTDI-programme “Mobilität der Zukunft”)

The interim evaluation analyses the quality of the mission-oriented RTDI programme „Mobilität der Zukunft“ (mobility of the future). Main focus of the evaluation is on the analysis of the programme design and the processes with special attention to the learning processes within…
Abschluss
2019/03
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Evaluierung des Förderprogramms kit4market (Evaluation of the Funding Programme kit4market)

The subject of the project is the evaluation of the programme(s) for the promotion of studies for commercial, international technology transfer" (kit4market, kit4market 2.0). The evaluation focuses on answering evaluation questions on programme design, the integration of the programme into the relevant…
Abschluss
2018/09
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Evaluierung der Umsetzung von HORIZON 2020, EUREKA, COSME, EEN und ERA in Österreich (Evaluation of the implementation of HORIZON 2020, EUREKA, COSME, EEN and ERA in Austria)

In 2017 and 2018 the implementation of HORIZON 2020 and ERA, as well as EUREKA, COSME and EEN in Austria was evaluated by a consortium consisting of AIT, Joanneum Research, KMFA and ZSI. The evaluation focused on three key areas: 1. Evaluation…
Abschluss
2018/06
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Evaluierung der innovationsfördernden Beschaffung (Evaluation of the Public Procurement Promoting Innovation)

The evaluation analyses to what extent the concept for innovation promoting public procurement (IÖB) established in 2011 has been successfully implemented or whether the corresponding setting enables efficient implementation. The evaluation is based on a mixture of quantitative and qualitative methods and…
Abschluss
2018/05
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Evaluierung des BRIDGE Programms (Evaluation of the BRIDGE Programme)

The BRIDGE programme funds basic science research projects at universities and other public research organisations that already demonstrate realistic application prospects. Thus, the BRIDGE funding will facilitate the transfer of basic science results into industrial applications. Companies participate in these projects financially…
Abschluss
2018/05
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Evaluierung der Förderungsgesellschaften Austria Wirtschaftsservice GmbH (AWS) und Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft GmbH (FFG) (Evaluation of Austria Wirtschaftsservice Gesellschaft mbH (AWS) and Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG))

The evaluation of the AWS and FFG promotion agencies essentially addresses the question whether and to what extent ambitions and expectations of the predecessor organisations consolidations, which happened in the context of the structural reforms more than a decade ago, have been…
Abschluss
2017/11
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Interim Evaluation of the Participation of SMEs in FP7 (Cooperation Programme and the Research for the Benefit of SMEs Schemes)

The overall objective of this study was to evaluate the results and impacts of the participating SMEs within two initiatives of FP7: the cooperation programme and the research for the benefit of SMEs schemes under the capacities programme, including the impacts on…
Abschluss
2014/05
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