Program Evaluation & Evidence Registry (PEER)

Program evaluation is a performance management tool that helps programs identify how and why results are being achieved. Programs then use that evidence for continuous improvement. PEER features research conducted by SBA programs and others in order to:

  • Help answer the question, “What works in small business assistance programs?”
  • Make those answers broadly available so that program managers, policymakers, researchers, and the public can make evidence-based decisions.

To submit your research, please email SBA’s Lead Program Evaluator, Terell Lasane, Ph.D., at terell.lasane@sba.gov.

The SBA recognizes the importance of evidence and evaluation to understand and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of SBA programs and operations. Rigorous evidence allows leadership to make sound decisions about program strategy, policy, and resources. With the development of SBA’s FY 2018-2022 Strategic Plan, the Agency has created an enterprise learning agenda (ELA) with a set of key research and evaluation questions for each strategic goal. The ELA, developed in partnership with each program office, identifies areas where evaluation would provide insights about program effectiveness, progress toward outcomes, or test pilot initiatives. The SBA has published its FY 2018 Enterprise Learning Agenda here. To read the PDf at this link go to https://get.adobe.com/reader/

 

Topic Title Author (Source) Date Published
Counseling  Impact Study of Entrepreneurial Development Resources (2010) J. Dwight, M. Herman, B. Joiner, G. Solomon, & V. Perry (Concentrance Consulting Group, Inc.) September 2010
Counseling  Impact Study of Entrepreneurial Development Resources (2011) J. Dwight, M. Herman, B. Joiner, G. Solomon, & V. Perry (Concentrance Consulting Group, Inc.) November 2011
Counseling  Impact Study of Entrepreneurial Development Resources (2012) None indicated (Concentrance Consulting Group, Inc.) September 2012
Capital Do SBA loans create jobs? Estimates from Universal panel data and longitudinal matching methods J. David Brown * U.S. Bureau of the Census and John S. Earle * George Mason University and Central European University September 1, 2012
Counseling  Impact Study of Entrepreneurial Development Resources (2013) None indicated (Concentrance Consulting Group, Inc.; Rice Coleman Ross Group) September 2013
Counseling  Evaluation of the SBA Regional Cluster Initiative (Year One) B. Demiralp, M. Turner, & A. Monnard (Optimal Solutions Group, LLC) June 2012
Counseling  Evaluation of the SBA Regional Cluster Initiative (Year Two) M. Turner, A. Monnard, & L. Leete (Optimal Solutions Group, LLC) June 2013
Counseling  Evaluation of the SBA Regional Cluster Initiative (Year Three) A. Monnard, L. Leete, & J. Auer (Optimal Solutions Group, LLC) November 2014
Capital: Innovation Financing  Air Force Impact to the Economy via SBIR-STTR: 2014 Economic Impact Study W. Swearingen, R. Friesenhahn, B. Lewandowski, & R. Wobbekind (Techlink, Montana State University; Business Research Division, Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder) March 2015
Capital: Innovation Financing  National Economic Impacts from the Navy SBIR/STTR Program, 2000-2013 W. Swearingen, R. Friesenhahn, B. Lewandowski, & R. Wobbekind (TechLink, Montana State University; Business Research Division, Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder)  September 2016
Capital Finance and Growth at the Firm Level: Evidence from SBA Loans J. David Brown * U.S. Bureau of the Census and John S. Earle * George Mason University and Central European University September 1, 2016
Capital: Innovation Financing  Measuring the Representation of Women and Minorities in the SBIC Program J. Paglia & D. Robinson (Federal Research Division; Library of Congress) October 2016
Program Evaluation Building Smarter Data for Evaluating Business Assistance Programs Giuseppe Gramigna et al., Evaluating Business Technical Assistance Program (EBTAP) working group May 2017
Innovation SBA Growth Accelerator Study Federal Research Division, Library of Congress February 2018