Miller Research has been commissioned to undertake the Inception and Mid-Term Evaluation of ASTUTE 2020.

About ASTUTE 2020

ASTUTE 2020 is a five-year operation that aims to stimulate research, development and innovation (RD&I) activity in  West Wales and the Valleys. The operation will encourage and support Welsh high-value manufacturing businesses to adopt advanced technologies that increase their competitiveness, thereby enabling transformational and sustainable growth in this industry. It will do this by providing the support of world-class academics (based at four Welsh higher education institutions) and a team of highly-qualified technical experts and project managers to beneficiary businesses.

The operation, which is led by Swansea University working in partnership with Cardiff University, University of Wales Trinity Saint David and Aberystwyth University, builds on the most successful aspects of the previous ASTUTE project.

ASTUTE 2020 is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (under Priority 1, Specific Objective 1.2 of the ERDF Operational Programme for West Wales and the Valleys) through the Welsh Government and the participating higher education institutions.

Collaborations between ASTUTE 2020 and industry will:

  • be demand-led by industry;
  • require a research challenge in one of three Adaptive Smart Specialisation areas:
    • Computational Engineering Modelling,
    • Advanced Materials Technology, or
    • Manufacturing Systems Engineering;
  • involve collaboration, so that the companies and HEIs share the inputs, outputs and risks.

About Our Evaluation

The Inception Evaluation (Autumn 2016) involves the review of project documentation and relevant policy documents, the conduct of scoping interviews, the process of target group identification, the development of an Operation Intervention Logic Model and Evaluation Framework, and synthesis and analysis of existing secondary data to form a baseline against which impact can be measured.

The Mid-Term Evaluation (Summer – Autumn 2018) will involve the creation, dissemination and analysis of an online survey of beneficiaries and the conducting of qualitative interviews, through which we will assess the progress made by the operation and then make recommendations as to how it could improve.

For more information about our Evaluation of ASTUTE 2020, please contact Project Manager Sam White (

For more information about ASTUTE 2020, please visit the website (