Survey at a glance
||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|
||Businesses and institutes in New Zealand performing, or funding Research & Development activities can be selected|
||Every two years|
||Research and Development|
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 Research, Science and Technology and Statistics New Zealand. 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 & development manager or by a person in an equivalent role. If your organisation does not have a research and development manager then this could be filled by the most appropriate person in our organisation.
Where can I download a copy of the questionnaire?
Follow this link for the Research & Development Survey questionnaire and other Stats 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. Statistics New Zealand makes sure that no individual response can be identified when the results are published.
About your obligations
Why should I provide information to Statistics New Zealand?
Under the Statistics Act 1975 you must provide the information requested by Statistics New Zealand. It is also important that information from all of the businesses surveyed is accurately represented in the statistical results.
Will I be paid for providing information to Statistics New Zealand?
Providing information to Statistics New Zealand is a statutory obligation. There is no provision in the Statistics Act for people to be paid for providing information. Where possible, we request information in a way that is easily obtainable from business records. We also recognise that completing survey questionnaires can be time consuming. 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 on the Statistics New Zealand website.
Do I have to complete this questionnaire?
Businesses selected for any Statistics New Zealand 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 would prefer to provide information by fax or by email, please phone our Survey Help Desk on 0800 333 108 to discuss these options.
About using information
When will the first 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. These publications will be available free on the Statistics New Zealand website.
Are results from the Research and Development Survey available?
Yes, information is used in Statistics New Zealand's Research and Development report and on Ministry of Research, Science and Technology's website. Use this link to access key results from other Statistics New Zealand surveys.
Is statistical information available?
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 this website, or by contacting our Customer Services staff via email email@example.com, or by phone at your nearest Statistics New Zealand office. Our newsletters also contain information which you may find useful. The information available could assist you in business planning and for monitoring business performance.
Where can I find the glossary of common terminology for this survey?
Use this link to see the glossary of terms for R&D Survey and the glossary of common terms used in all Statistics New Zealand surveys.
Where can I find the technical information on the sample methodology?
For technical information on survey design, sample methodology and output information, please phone toll free 0508 525 525, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does Statistics New Zealand have information useful for my business?
We can provide information that could help your business. For instance we have 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.
Further explanation can be found in Business Helper, a web-based guide for business users. We can also provide statistics that enable a comparison of the results of your business with industry results. Contact our Information Centre for more information on Business Helper or on business profiling, please phone toll free 0508 525 525, or send an email to email@example.com.