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Techknowledgey Transfer
Last registered on November 13, 2020

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Techknowledgey Transfer
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0006024
Initial registration date
November 13, 2020
Last updated
November 13, 2020 8:53 AM EST
Location(s)

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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Kada Research
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Kada Research - Study Director
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2020-11-09
End date
2022-02-28
Secondary IDs
Abstract
The Techknowledgey Transfer project tests the concept of providing support to SMEs through student projects. Young people on a range of level 2 and 3 business, administration, enterprise and accountancy courses will work within SMEs to combine each young person's digital confidence, knowledge and understanding of the latest technologies with the SMEs to create and embed models of business and administration technology usage. Projects will be tailored to each business and be user-friendly and sustainable, and lead to improved business efficiencies, freeing up business owners and managers to increase productivity and profitability, as well as benefiting from an improved work-life balance.

The project was awarded to Petroc college through round 3 of the Business Basics programme. Business Basics aims to identify and test the most effective, scalable interventions that encourage SMEs to adopt existing technology and management practices and improve productivity. Business Basics is funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and administered by Innovate UK.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Dalgleish, Karl and Samuel Gillan. 2020. "Techknowledgey Transfer." AEA RCT Registry. November 13. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.6024-1.1.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Participating businesses will initially benefit from a 1:1 diagnostic session to identify areas where technology adoption could improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their business and administration processes. This will be followed by up to two masterclasses to learn about relevant technology options and network with peers in similar circumstances.
As this is a research trial, approximately half of all participating businesses will then be randomly selected to work with a student, who will embed the use of one or more identified technologies within their business and administration processes. Students will be selected on a competitive basis for each participating SME to ensure a good match between student and business, and both the student and business will be supported by expert tutors and/or business mentors.
Intervention Start Date
2020-12-01
Intervention End Date
2022-01-31
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
1. Technology usage in key parts of the business
2. Technology adoption actions taken
3. Changes to business and administration activity (linked to technology adoption)
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Measure one aims to investigate the adoption of specific technologies that can influence business and administration functions in an organisation. This outcome measure will determine the extent of technology use prior to (baseline survey) and after (final survey) receiving support.

Measure two investigates technology actions taken by the businesses after receiving the support.

Measure three aims to capture impacts on business and administration activity as a result of different intervention levels and consequent technology adoption. This measure will consist of two variables that attempt to understand the level of change to participant’s business activity (time and resource invested). To compare distance travelled we will ask questions in the baseline and final surveys.
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
1. Productivity related changes
2. Changes to business behaviours (linked to technology adoption)
3. Barriers
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
1. This measure aims to capture specific productivity and commercial impacts as a result of technology adoption. Two measurement variables will be asked during the final survey, relating to changes to profitability and time/resource savings made, each as a direct result of the support/the technology adopted.

2. This measure aims to understand behavioural change linked to technology adoption through a series of questions that explores attitudes to new technology development and application of learning. They will be asked in both baseline and final survey depending on analysis metric.

3. This is designed to understand barriers that have been overcome as a result of support. A range of technology barriers will be listed, of relevance to the business cohort and. In baseline and final surveys we will provide a list of barriers for interviewees to confirm they do or do not face, exploring change from before receiving support and after.
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Randomised Control Trial with parallel group design.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Microsoft Excel
Randomization Unit
Individual SME
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
200
Sample size: planned number of observations
200
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Two arms with 100 SMEs each.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
IRB Approval Date
IRB Approval Number