In addition to the policy review, we have developed a set of policy design guides to help you to make informed decisions when developing business advice policy. Each policy design guide covers a specific aspect of programme delivery so should not necessarily be directly compared. They are intended to help you understand how much is known about the policy's cost effectiveness, and what you should consider if you are thinking about using the approach.
The toolkit considers a broader evidence base than the review, including countries outside the OECD where appropriate. Full detail on the approach and how to use the toolkit is available on the resources page. Or click the links below to go directly to the policy design tools below.
Business mentors are experienced business professionals who provide advice to SMEs. Read about how they work
Public advisory services offer advice on starting up or running a business. Read about how they work
Subsidised consultancy programmes provide grants or vouchers to firms or entrepreneurs that cover all or part of the costs of private consultancy services. Read about how they work
Advice tailored to the requirements of a business, often provided more intensively or for a longer period of time. Read about how they work
Training involves publically funded courses for existing firms or for individuals aiming to start a business. Read about how they work
Accelerators are business support programmes that provide short term, intensive packages of support to startups. Programme entry is highly competitive. Read about how they work
Incubators are business support programmes that provide co-working plus business support to startups. Firms typically pay to join. Read about how they work
IFAs provide area information and advice to increase inward foreign direct investment. Read about how they work
EPAs provide market information and advice to help firms sell their products overseas. Read about how they work
ECAs help finance exports by providing direct credit, credit guarantees, or credit insurances. Read about how they work