The Project

This project developed a compendium of evidence on the effectiveness of innovation policy. Sponsored by the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) - an independent body with a mission to make the UK more innovative - the compendium provides easy access to expert reviews of policy evidence across a wide range of innovation policy topics.


The Compendium of Evidence on the Effectiveness of Innovation Policy

The compendium is organised around 20 topics of innovation policy categorised primarily according to their policy objectives. A comprehensive review of evidence and key sources on each topic is provided. The topic reports, key sources and other sources are all searchable.


Project Team

The project was led by the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR). In addition to MIoIR researchers, a number of external scholars also contribute to the compendium.



  • This project has been concluded. However, the MIoIR project team and NESTA regard these reports as a living resource and plan a range of related activities in the near future. Any comments and suggestions as to the future use of this COMPENDIUM or any other suggestions or comment is more than welcome.
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