MedCity Collaborate to Innovate was an exciting programme aimed at stimulating research and development collaborations between universities and small regional businesses in the life sciences. It was funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Greater London Authority and linked 15 businesses to universities, creating jobs and innovative products. Kada Research was asked to provide an analysis of the first part of the project, identifying how well it had achieved its objectives and how it could improve on its processes. This was required by Central Government and the GLA.
All of the businesses involved were consulted, as well as key stakeholders and academics, and a review of business performance and strategic context undertaken. Five in-depth case studies helped to gain a detailed insight into the impact of the project on businesses and the health sector. Most businesses were very happy with the support they had received and achieved significant benefits through their collaborations with universities. Overall, the project was a success and made good progress towards its objectives, with many of the developed collaborations continuing beyond the end of the project.
I would highly recommend the Kada Research team and Karl in terms of conducting a summative assessment. Throughout the process they showed a high degree of professionalism and flexibility and ensured all the major evaluation requirements were met. Their attention to detail and adherence to the project timeline put forward, gave me confidence in their abilities. Finally, the report was shared with the EPMU of the programme and no issues were raised.
Elias Zapantis (Programme Manager, Collaborate to Innovate).
Get in touch: If you are thinking about an evaluation of a project or programme you are involved with speak to firstname.lastname@example.org and he will respond within 24 hours.