An ex ante evaluation framework for the regional benefits of publicly supported R&D projects

Stephen Roper*, Nola Hewitt-Dundas, James H. Love

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This paper draws on the knowledge-base implicit in ex post evaluations of publicly funded R&D and other related conceptual and empirical studies to suggest a framework for the ex ante evaluation of the regional benefits from R&D projects. The framework developed comprises two main elements: an inventory of the global private and social benefits which might result from any R&D project; and, an assessment of the share of these global benefits which might accrue to a host region, taking into account the characteristics of the R&D project and the region's innovation system. The inventory of global benefits separately identifies private and social benefits and distinguishes between increments to public and private knowledge stocks, benefits to R&D productivity and benefits from commercialisation. Potential market and 'pure' knowledge spillovers are also considered separately. The paper concludes with the application of the framework to two illustrative case studies. © 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)487-509
Number of pages23
JournalResearch policy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2004


  • evaluation
  • ex ante
  • regional policy
  • research and development


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