SQW (a provider of research, analysis and advice in economic and social development) was commissioned in December 2016 to undertake an evaluation of Tech City UK (TCUK). The scope of the study was to consider the three key sets of activities delivered by TCUK, covering its: business lifecycle programmes that support businesses at various stages of their development; digital skills programmes that address labour market and skills deficits and issues; and its thought leadership and advocacy role on behalf of the digital tech sector.
The approach to the work has drawn on feedback from various groups of beneficiaries, stakeholders and documented data (e.g. from monitoring). This evidence has been used to test the underlying logic and theory for how TCUK and its different activities were expected to bring about effects, and to estimate, where possible, the quantitative and monetary impacts.