Effective policy- and decision-making requires high quality evidence. The Department of Science and Technology (DST), as a partner within the national statistics system, is mandated to oversee the collection of statistics on science, technology and innovation.
Since 2002, the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators at the Human Sciences Research Council has performed business innovation surveys for the DST.*
South Africa’s innovation surveys stretch back to the early 1990s.
The first innovation survey covering the manufacturing sector and examining the period 1992-1994 was performed by the University of Cape Town.
The second survey (1998-2000) covered manufacturing and services, and was performed by the University of Pretoria and Eindhoven University.
“Services industries in the crosshairs as SA launches innovation survey” – Linda Nordling, *Research, 7 September 2017
Based on the recommended methodology outlined in the Oslo Manual, an international best practice guide, surveys require a large and dedicated team of fieldworkers, information technologists, data analysts, and statisticians. We rely on the time and energy of our respondents to provide accurate data as timeously as possible, so results can be released as quickly as possible.