This study was an evaluation of the effectiveness and efficiency of the Regional Selective Assistance Scheme (RSA) as it operated in the period 1985 to 1988 for applications up to and over ,25,000. The study was commissioned by the Department of Trade and Industry, the Industry Department for Scotland, and the Welsh Office Industry Department. The study followed a study of small cases carried out early in 1991.
The research used data from the Departments' Selective Assistance Monitoring Information System (SAMIS), an examination of files and information collected directly from a sample of firms via structured questionnaires and face-to-face interviews. The sample consisted of about 165 firms who received RSA. As well as assisting in the evaluation of the effects of RSA the interviews provided valuable guidance as to the factors influencing the location decisions of firms. Estimates were made of the additionality of assistance, displacement and linkage effects.