Technopolis was established in Brighton in 1989, as a spin-off from the Science Policy Research Unit. The UK team, in Brighton and London, remains very much at the heart of the Technopolis Group, working closely with colleagues across the group on projects around the world.
Technopolis UK conducts policy studies and evaluations across a wide range of domains and thematic areas, from AI and robotics to smart ageing. We have particular strengths in research and innovation policy, Higher Education and Health, with a growing presence in areas related to energy policy and international development. The following is a small selection of recent studies:
- We were the national contractor for 3 waves of Science and Innovation Audits (SIA), supporting 25 regional partnerships in the development of their evidence-rich strategies
- We are designing an evaluation framework for the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UK RPIF), for Research England
- We are evaluating the Robotics and AI Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF)
- We are evaluating the UK’s Contract for Difference (CfD) scheme
- We are carrying out a socio-economic impact assessment of the Diamond Light Source
Our European work includes:
- The design and operation of the AAL Market Observatory for active and healthy ageing
- The development and implementation of the HE Innovate self-assessment tool for entrepreneurial universities
- The socio-economic impact assessment of the European Directive on orphan medicinal products for rare diseases
- The socio-economic impact assessment of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) TRP and GSTP technology programmes
Our international work includes:
- The design of a new national science and innovation strategy for the government of Rwanda
- The design of an evaluation framework for the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)
- The evaluation of the MRC-DFID concordat agreement to support UK-led biomedical and public health research to tackle the priority problems of poor people in developing countries
- The evaluation of the Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education Innovation and Reform (SPHEIR), a £45 million DFID fund to support HE transformation in in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the Middle East
- The implementation of an EU-Latin America project to support the modernisation and global expansion of key sectors in six cross-border regions in Latin America (Innovact)
Methodological skills range from econometric and counterfactual analysis on the quantitative side through to more deliberative techniques on the qualitative side. Large-scale international surveys, longitudinal impact case studies and cost benefit analyses are widely used, with specialist techniques like scientometrics used across many assignments. The office has also developed its data science and data analytics capabilities, in order to benefit from the growth in the number of public access databases – nationally and internationally – that increasingly provide the platform for faster and more insightful analysis across all areas of our business.
Paul Simmonds and Rebecca Allinson lead the Brighton team, which is highly international – split about 50/50 between UK and other nationalities and speaking 15+ languages – to ensure the best possible access to global as well as UK experience.