The €438 million ERDF Convergence Programme aimed to close the performance gap between Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly and the European Union average and deliver smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
The evaluation of the programme comprised an assessment of six themes of activity:
Our work involved the development of a detailed evaluation framework, extensive surveying of programme beneficiaries and a control group of non-beneficiaries, consultations with key partners and stakeholders, quantitative and qualitative analysis of each theme and the provision of recommendations for the successor programme. Our evaluation reports can be found at: http://www.erdfconvergence.org.uk/evaluation/.
We were subsequently commissioned to carry out two further pieces of work: the development of a Smart Specialisation Framework for future investment in Research and Development and Innovation in Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly through the 2014-2020 ESIF programme and the preparation of a Skills Strategy to meet the needs of businesses operating in R&D&I.
The Smart Specialisation Skills report can be found at: http://www.erdfconvergence.org.uk/_userfiles/files/ESF%20Skills%20summaries/SmartSpecialisationSkillsfeb16.pdf.