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Mark Hart *, Nigel Driffield **, Stephen Roper *** and Kevin Mole *** *Kingston University **Aston University ***University of Warwick
Scottish Executive Social Research 2008
ISBN 978 0 7559 7042 1 (Web only publication)
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EXECUTIVE SUMMARYIntroduction Rationale for the RSA Scotland Scheme The Evaluation Approach Profile of RSA assisted businesses Key Findings - RSA assistance and business performance Key Findings - Cost Effectiveness of RSA Assistance Key Findings - RSA Scheme Administration Overall Assessment of the RSA Scheme
CHAPTER ONE BACKGROUND TO THE EVALUATIONIntroduction Evaluation methodology Profile of RSA offers of assistance Response rates and sample/population profiles Structure of the report
CHAPTER TWO PROFILING RSA BENEFICIARIESIntroduction Characteristics Partners and directors Strategic direction and management Markets and local linkages R&D and innovation Business growth GVA comparisons Summary
CHAPTER THREE ESTIMATING THE BUSINESS LEVEL IMPACT OF RSA FINANCIAL ASSISTANCEIntroduction: the fundamental econometric problem Addressing the problem of selection or endogeneity Limitations and alternatives Timing of effects: some issues The probit estimates The employment growth equation results Capturing safeguarded jobs in the model: sensitivity analysis Summary
CHAPTER FOUR THE EFFECTIVENESS OF RSA FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IN GENERATING EMPLOYMENT GROWTH Introduction The modelling approach Deriving cost-per-job estimates Estimating RSA scheme value added and value for money Displacement issues Summary
CHAPTER FIVE MOTIVATIONS FOR SEEKING RSA ASSISTANCE, EFFECTS AND ADDITIONALITYIntroduction Motivations for seeking assistance Effects of RSA on business behaviour Additionality Timing of effects Summary
CHAPTER SIX RSA CASE STUDIES Introduction Selection of case studies RSA scheme administrative issues Scheme conditions Additionality of assistance Displacement issues Effects of RSA assistance on the business Capacity Wider benefits of RSA assistance Summary
CHAPTER SEVEN CONCLUSIONS Introduction How effective is the RSA scheme in Scotland Summary - overall assessment of the RSA Scheme in Scotland
APPENDIX 1 IN-SCOPE SAMPLE FRAME FOR RSA SCHEME: THE ATTRITION PROCESSAPPENDIX 2 MODELLING ISSUES - CHAPTER 3APPENDIX 3 RSA CASE STUDY TOPIC GUIDEAPPENDIX 4 SUMMARY OF EVIDENCE ON THE EFFECTS OF REGIONAL AND INDUSTRIAL POLICY
It should be noted that since this research was commissioned a new Scottish Government has been formed, which means that the report reflects commitments and strategic objectives conceived under the previous administration. The policies, strategies, objectives and commitments referred to in this report should not therefore be treated as current Government policy.
This report is available on the Scottish Government Social Research website only www.scotland.gov.uk/socialresearch.
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