Experimentation for better policies & programmes: learning from experiments to improve entrepreneurship support
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Programmes and policies supporting entrepreneurs and startups have grown significantly in recent years. And yet, there is still much we do not know about what works and what doesnâ€™t. What is the best approach to encourage more people to become entrepreneurs? What are the most effective programmes to support startups? What entrepreneurship training methods yield the best results? These are some of the questions that entrepreneurship support organisations face in their daily work. This session will focus on how experimentation – as an organisational culture, an evaluation approach, and a skills set – can help ESOs tackle some of their biggest challenges. It will draw on a growing number of experiments with entrepreneurship support, with a special emphasis on â€™randomised controlled trialsâ€™ – from behavioural approaches to â€™nudgeâ€™ people into entrepreneurship, to assessing the effectiveness of startup training methods.