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Research, evaluation and insight

Our research, evaluation and insight provides a publicly accessible collection of evaluation and research reports from Scottish Enterprise. The reports cover all aspects of Scottish Enterprise's economic development activities and are available for download at no cost.

  • Economic Research alert – April 2023 (2023)

    This paper provides an overview of research in the public domain over the last month with a focus on jobs, innovation, international and investment.
    Scottish Enterprise
    Research
    Internationalisation of Scottish businesses
    People/talent attraction
    Business innovation
  • Heat Pumps and Heating Systems Components Analysis (2023)

    Scottish Enterprise commissioned Ramboll to deliver a report to increase understanding of the components, activities, costs, and capabilities required to deliver a more localised heat pump system supply chain in Scotland.
    Ramboll
    Research
    Energy
    Sustainable development
  • Economic Research alert – March 2023 (2023)

    This paper provides an overview of research in the public domain over the last month with a focus on jobs, innovation, international and investment.
    Scottish Enterprise
    Research
    Exporting
  • Economic Commentary – February 2023 (2023)

    The Economic Commentary provides a regular update on global, UK and Scottish economic trends, drawing on recent economic data as well as feedback from businesses.
    Scottish Enterprise
    Research
    Energy
    Financial and business services
    Other
  • Economic Research alert – February 2023 (2023)

    This paper provides an overview of research in the public domain over the last month with a focus on jobs, innovation, international and investment.
    Scottish Enterprise
    Research
    Exporting
  • Assessment of Scotland’s opportunities within digital heat technologies – February 2023 (2023)

    Scottish Enterprise commissioned Ramboll to understand the potential for Scotland to be a leader in the low-carbon heat tech industry and to improve the competitiveness of the industry and firms within.
    Ramboll
    Research
    Supporting key sectors
    Energy
    Support to existing/growth businesses
    Sustainable development
    Skills Development
  • Economic Commentary – January 2023 (2023)

    The Economic Commentary provides a regular update on global, UK and Scottish economic trends, drawing on recent economic data as well as feedback from businesses.
    Scottish Enterprise
    Research
    People/talent attraction
    Skills Development
  • Economic Research alert - January 2023 (2023)

    This paper provides an overview of research in the public domain over the last month with a focus on jobs, innovation, international and investment.
    Scottish Enterprise
    Research
    Sustainable development
    Exporting
  • Net Zero actions and Scottish Businesses (2022)

    Building evidence on whether and how Scottish Companies are adopting Net Zero activities; identifying the benefits of Net Zero measures to businesses; identifying the challenges of adopting Net Zero measures.
    Scottish Enterprise
    Research
  • Spotlight on Net Zero actions adopted by Businesses (2022)

    Analysis of the Scottish Government’s BICs survey from April to September 2022 on what actions businesses are taking in terms of adopting net zero actions along with findings from SE’s internal insights gathering process.
    Scottish Enterprise
    Research
  • Opportunities for Biomethane as a Transport Fuel in Scotland (2022)

    Research commissioned by Scottish Enterprise and Transport Scotland explored opportunities for the supply and use of biomethane as a vehicle fuel, with an emphasis on the heavy goods vehicle and agricultural sectors.
    Zemo Partnership; NNFCC
    Research
    Energy
    Rural Development
    Other
  • Offshore Wind Expert Support Service: evaluation report for Scottish Enterprise (2022)

    This is an evaluation of the Offshore Wind Expert Support (OWES) product, which seeks to help companies to diversify into the sector.
    Bellerby Economics; Jean Hamilton Limited; IBP Strategy & Research
    Evaluation
    Sector-level support
    Support to existing/growth businesses
    Energy
  • Economic Research alert – November 2022 (2022)

    This paper provides an overview of research in the public domain over the last month with a focus on Jobs, Innovation, International and Investment.
    Scottish Enterprise
    Research
    Supporting key sectors
    Digital markets and enabling technologies
    Energy
    Tourism
    Exporting
  • Low Carbon & Renewable Energy Research Report (2022)

    Business intelligence and market data on the low carbon and renewables industry in Scotland
    Scottish Enterprise and Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce
    Research
    Energy
  • Economic Commentary – October 2022 (2022)

    The Economic Commentary provides a regular update on global, UK and Scottish economic trends, drawing on recent economic data as well as feedback from businesses.
    Scottish Enterprise
    Research
    People/talent attraction
    Skills Development
  • Economic Research alert – October 2022 (2022)

    This paper provides an overview of research in the public domain with a focus on the priorities from the Scottish Enterprise Business Plan (jobs, net zero, place) – there is also a section on general business surveys.
    Scottish Enterprise
    Research
    Supporting key sectors
    Digital markets and enabling technologies
    Energy
    Exporting
  • Culture and the creative economy in Glasgow City Region (GCR), Scotland, United Kingdom (2022)

    The OECD international report was published in June and a separate Glasgow City Region report has been written which includes recommendations on business support and innovation, jobs and skills, and diversifying funding.
    OECD
    Research
    Supporting key sectors
    Digital markets and enabling technologies
    Tourism
  • Review of the SMAS Yellow Belt Six Sigma Programme: main findings (2022)

    The SMAS Six Sigma Yellow Belt Programme was introduced in 2020 in order to provide a semblance of consistency to the six sigma training that was being provided to industry.
    Scottish Enterprise
    Evaluation
    Support to existing/growth businesses
    Skills Development
    Leadership/management development
  • Floating Offshore Wind Centre of Excellence: Strategic Infrastructure and Supply Chain Development – May 2022 (2022)

    The ORE Catapult’s Floating Offshore Wind Centre of Excellence (FOW CoE) has undertaken a project to identify and quantify the key infrastructure and supply chain requirements to deliver a pipeline of large scale floating offshore wind projects cost effectively across the UK and with a significant share of project activity based in the UK.
    ORE Catapult, ARUP
    Research
    Supporting key sectors
    Energy
  • Economic Commentary – August 2022 (2022)

    The Economic Commentary provides a monthly update on global, UK and Scottish economic trends, drawing on recent economic data as well as feedback from businesses.
    Scottish Enterprise
    Research
    People/talent attraction
    Skills Development
  • Economic Research alert – August 2022 (2022)

    This paper provides an overview of research in the public domain with a focus on the priorities from the Scottish Enterprise Business Plan (jobs, net zero, place) – there is also a section on general business surveys.
    Scottish Enterprise
    Research
    Supporting key sectors
    Energy
    Tourism
  • Economic Research alert – July 2022 (2022)

    This paper provides an overview of research in the public domain with a focus on the priorities from the Scottish Enterprise Business Plan (jobs, net zero, place) – there is also a section on general business surveys.
    Scottish Enterprise
    Research
    Supporting key sectors
    Construction
    Food and drink
    Tourism
  • Frances Colliery Minewater Heat Recovery Scheme (2022)

    Scottish Enterprise worked with Craighall Energy to appoint Zebec Biogas to undertake an options appraisal of the potential reuse of minewater and other renewable energy opportunities at the former Frances Colliery in Fife.
    Zebec
    Research
    Energy
    Sustainable development
  • Acquisitions in Scotland (2003-21) – Part of Achieving Growth (2022)

    The aim of this research was to continue to understand the role acquisition plays in the economy.
    Scottish Enterprise
    Research
    Support to existing/growth businesses
  • Heat Pumps and Heat Networks Assemblies and Key Component Analysis (2022)

    Scottish Enterprise commissioned Ramboll to analyse supply chains for Heat Pump and Heat Network at a key component level and the anticipated levels of demand in order to determine where and how Scottish manufacturers can best enter the supply chain, compete against established manufacturers as well as help establish where Scottish Enterprise should focus support for maximum economic impact.
    Ramboll
    Research
    Supporting key sectors
    Energy
    Support to existing/growth businesses

Impact appraisal and evaluation guidance

Read our impact appraisal and evaluation guidance to learn more about how we create these reports.

This guidance helps us ensure that any impact assessment for our projects and programmes uses consistent methodologies and is undertaken in a transparent way.

The full guidance is available as a PDF.