About our Evaluations

We regularly carry out evaluations of our interventions to ensure that they continue to effectively address failures in the market. We typically commission an independent evaluator who works with us to understand the impact of our programmes on UK businesses. This involves a range of research methods, which generally includes quantitative and qualitative surveys and interviews with businesses and other important stakeholders.

Evaluation research provides important evidence to help inform the direction of current and future market interventions, and allows us to assess whether these represent value-for-money to the taxpayer. Find out more information on our previous evaluation research publications under ‘Evaluations of our Programmes’

If you have received an online survey invitation or phone call to participate in our evaluation research, you may wish to read through the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below.

FAQs for Research Participants

How will the data I provide be used, stored, and processed?

We work with market research companies who apply industry best-practices in data storage and processing. Any personal data collected in our evaluation research is processed according to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Data is anonymised and all findings are aggregated such that individual responses cannot be identified in any research publications produced by the BBB or its contractors.
If you are contacted on behalf of BBB and do not wish to participate in the research, you may opt out at any time.

Why is the evaluation research being carried out, and why is my participation important?

Evaluation research plays an important role in informing our response to addressing failures in SME finance markets. More information can be found under the heading ‘About our Evaluations’.

Your participation will ensure we capture a representative profile of SMEs across the UK, maximising the relevance of our research findings.

Who may I contact if I have questions on evaluation research which I have been asked to participate in?

If you have been asked by a market research company to participate in research on behalf of BBB, you will be provided with the contact details of the responsible individuals in both organisations.