PRIME impact research


The PRIME programme collects information on the effects of the support by CBI and PUM to small and medium enterprises in developing countries. An important data collection tool is the yearly online survey to all supported firms and  supporting experts. This yearly monitoring allows the detection of contribution to the firm’s knowledge, business practices and performance.

PRIME Large N survey implemented and analysed. The PRIME team implemented the  online survey for PUM on July and August 2017 in collaboration with PUM. The survey was sent to 3305 firms, and 1554 firms responded to the survey.

Final case study missions implemented. Over the summer the final case study missions were carried out in four countries: Uganda (coffee sector), Bangladesh (IT sector), Myanmar (garment sector) and Peru (high-value agricultural products, semi-finished products). Case studies in Indonesia and Bolivia had already been finalized earlier this year.

Preliminary results discussed with PUM and CBI. In the months of October and November 2017, the PRIME team analysed the final datasets from PRIME surveys and PUM and CBI M&E systems. A first version of these analyses have been discussed with CBI and PUM. See figure 1 below for an example of one of these analyses.

Figure 1: Predicted CBI contribution on practices for an CBI firm by the sector of the company

Presentation of preliminary CBI evaluation results at the Aid for Trade Global Review 2017 (12 July). We presented the results, titled: ‘the contribution of SME support to business practices, exports and profits in developing countries’. This presentation was given in a session organised by the WTO Chairs Programme. The WTO Chairs Programme aims to support and promote trade-related academic activities by universities and research institutions in developing and least-developed countries. There was quite some interest in the results, and people are looking forward to the final results of the CBI and PUM evaluations. For more information:

PRIME presented at the American Evaluation Association conference. On 8 and 10 November, in the conference of the American Evaluation Association in Washington DC, Giel Ton presented the approach developed in the PRIME to ask both observable practices and self-assessment questions around a range of business management issues using yearly online surveys. The availability of both types of data makes it possible to check the consistency of the self-assessment data. The answers on the direct questions whether their practices had changes in the last year and whether this was influenced by CBI or PUM support  make it possible to compute a Contribution Score, which allows real-time (yearly) estimates of self-assessed effects on business practices and link these effects to higher level – DCED – impact indicators used in the policy sphere.