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Research and Development Survey (R&D survey)

Survey at a glance

Purpose To collect data which will be used to produce summarised statistics of R&D activities for release to government, business, and other users in the community
Selection process Businesses and institutes in New Zealand performing or funding research and development activities can be selected
Population Approximately 4,200
Sample Approximately 3,700
Frequency Every two years
Results Research and Development Survey – information releases

About the survey

What is the purpose of the Research and Development Survey?

The Research and Development (R&D) Survey is a joint survey between the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and Statistics NZ. The purpose of this survey is to collect data which will be used to produce summarised statistics of R&D activities for release to government, business, and other users in the community.

Who is included in the survey?

Approximately 3,700 organisations (business, universities, and government) have been sent this survey in order to get a representative selection of New Zealand organisations. Organisations that are more likely to be performing R&D have a much higher probability of being selected for the survey.

What is this information used for?

The statistics are used in the development of science policy in areas such as the setting of research priorities, government research funding levels, science education, and innovation encouragement schemes.

How often does this survey take place?

This survey takes place every two years.

About giving data

If our business is included in the survey, who should complete the survey?

Ideally this should filled by the research and development manager or by a person in an equivalent role. If your organisation does not have a research and development manager, the most appropriate person in your organisation should fill it in.

Can I get a copy of the questionnaire?

Yes, you can view and download the questionnaire from our website. 

See research and development questionnaires 2014 

Search the list of questionnaires and forms to find older versions of Research & Development Survey questionnaire and other Statistics NZ questionnaires.

What if my business is not engaged in R&D activities?

If your organisation has not performed or funded R&D activities it is still important that you complete the relevant questions and return your questionnaire.

How is my privacy protected?

Under the Statistics Act 1975, only authorised people can see our individual information and they must use it only for statistical purposes. Your information will be combined with information from other respondents to prepare summary statistics. We make sure that no individual response can be identified when the results are published.

About your obligations

Will I be paid for providing information?

Providing information to Statistics NZ is a statutory obligation. There is no provision in the Statistics Act for people to be paid for providing information.

We know that completing survey questionnaires can be time consuming, so where possible, we request information in a way that is easily obtainable from business records.

For some surveys, we provide survey respondents with information that can be useful for your business planning purposes. Also, survey results are available free of charge our website.

See results from Research and Development Surveys

Do I have to complete this questionnaire?

Businesses selected for any Statistics NZ survey must provide the information requested. This is a legal requirement under the Statistics Act 1975.

We appreciate that it can be difficult and time consuming to complete survey forms. If you have questions or need help filling in a survey form, phone our Contact Centre on 0800 809 464.

About using information

When will the results be available?

Results from the R&D Survey are published in March of the year following each collection. More detailed research report is released in May of the year following each collection.

See results from Research and Development Surveys

Many statistics are available to you and your business as it is 'public good' information. This means that you can access this information free of charge, from our website, or by contacting our Information Centre staff.

Our newsletters also contain information which you may find useful. The information available could assist you in business planning and monitoring business performance.

Where can I find the glossary of common terminology for this survey?

Use DataInfo+ to search for definitions of terms used in the R&D Survey and other Statistics NZ surveys.

Where can I find the technical information on the sample methodology?

Contact our Information Centre for technical information on survey design, sample methodology, and output information.

Does Statistics NZ have information useful for my business?

We can provide information that could help your business, including information that can help in:

  • assessing future population trends
  • economic monitoring
  • target marketing
  • profiling an area
  • estimating your market share
  • assessing consumer spending patterns
  • benchmarking your business.

We have resources to help you get started:

Contact our Information Centre for help with finding information or using resources.

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