To compose an integral set of measurement instruments to assess the effectivenessof ISSs on SMEs’ innovation at different organizational levels.


To adapt an ISS, which was developed and successfully piloted in a research project in Germany, for application in the UK and Germany.


To examine the effectiveness of the ISS on SMEs’ innovation in a large scale RCT including an experimental- and a waiting-list control group. The RCT will be conducted simultaneously in the UK and in Germany.


To analyse the impact of the ISS on innovation and compare its effectiveness in the UK and Germany.


Contingent upon the results of the evaluation to adapt components of the ISS and disseminate it to facilitate a broad application.