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Peter Kaufmann is senior researcher at the Austrian Institute for SME Research. He specialises in the evaluation of programmes and institutions in the areas of innovation and technology, regional development and environmental policy. He spent nearly ten years in England, where he studied also at SPRU, Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Sussex, issues on the interplay of qualitative and quantitative methods to support impact evaluation practices as well as the diffusion of innovations. He has implemented projects for nearly all social-scientific research funds at the European level as well in England and Austria, and for various ministries in European countries and directorates of the European Commission. For the latter, he also served as an expert member to improve the evaluation practices in Member States. Beyond his research, he has more than 20 years of experience in the active implementation of policy and programme evaluations. Occasionally, he also acts as trainer for evaluation methods and approaches.