Consider the following factors when analysing the innovation results of the Business Operations Survey 2009.
Limitations of the data
Given the nature of the data collected, there are additional non-statistical limitations on the level of accuracy that the survey can provide. Respondents may not keep records in the form required for the survey, and some estimation may be required.
Comparisons with previous surveys
No changes were made to the innovation module of the Business Operations Survey between 2007 and 2009.
The 2007 survey was run as a duel sample to enable results to be collected and produced in accordance with both the 1996 and 2006 versions of the Australia New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC). The 2009 survey was collected in accordance with the 2006 version only. Innovation in New Zealand: 2009 presents results from questions that were in both the 2007 and 2009 surveys on an ANZSIC 2006 basis to allow the trends in results to be shown over this period.
For more information on the change, please see: Business Operations Survey: 2008.