Community innovation survey

This collection brings together all documents relating to the community innovation survey.


  1. Documents

The survey was originally conducted every 4 years, but since 2005 has been conducted every 2 years. The UK innovation survey 2011, the seventh Europe-wide CIS sampled over 28,000 UK enterprises with 10 or more employees. The survey was voluntary and conducted by means of both a postal questionnaire and telephone interview for businesses that hadn’t yet completed a postal response; it achieved a 50% response rate. It provides the UK data covering the 3-year period from 2008 to 2010.

First findings from CIS7 are available

Business innovation is a vital ingredient in raising the productivity, competitiveness and growth potential of modern economies. Providing the right economic conditions for, and using appropriate policy instruments to encourage innovation in the UK is a central objective. Measuring the level of innovation activity in the UK and identifying where policy might be best targeted contributes to the pursuit of that objective.

The community innovation survey complements other indicators of innovativeness by providing a regular snapshot of innovation inputs and outputs and the constraints faced by UK businesses in their innovation efforts, across the range of UK industries and business enterprises. It has the additional benefit of providing the basis for some comparisons with other European countries.

The survey includes sections on factors that hamper innovation, the impact of innovation on the business and the sources of information used. It also touches on aspects of the wider innovation process, such as the introduction of new management techniques.

The previous Community innovation survey, CIS 6, took place in 2009. Prior to this CIS5 took place in 2007, CIS4 in 2005, CIS3 in 2001, and CIS2 in 1997. Analyses of the results of these surveys are available.

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