The Community Innovation Survey (CIS) is a survey conducted by EU member states that allows the monitoring of Europe’s progress in the area of innovation. The survey was originally conducted every four years, but since 2005 has been conducted every two. The UK Innovation Survey 2007, the fifth Europe-wide CIS was sent to 28,000 UK enterprises with 10 or more employees and achieved a 53 per cent response rate. It provides the UK data covering the three-year period from 2004 to 2006.
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 4, took place in 2005. Prior to this CIS3 took place in 2001, and CIS 2 in 1997. Analyses of the results of these surveys can be found below:
|16a||Persistence and change in UK innovation, 2002-2006 - Report of the UK Innovation Survey 2007||Dec 2008|
|16b||UK Innovation Survey 2007 - statistical annex||Aug 2008|
|15||First findings from the UK Innovation survey 2007||Apr 2008|
|14b||Innovation in the UK - DTI Occasional Paper 6 - statistical annex||Aug 2006|
|14a||Innovation in the UK: indicators and insights. Occasional Paper No. 6||Jul 2006|
|13||First findings from the UK Innovation survey 2005|
|12||International Comparisons of the Third Community Innovation Survey||Jan 2005|
|11||Detailed results from the Third UK Community Innovation Survey||Apr 2004|
|10||The Impact of Technological Regimes on patterns of sustained and sporadic innovation activities in UK Industries||Mar 2004|
|9||Sourcing science - use by industry of the science base for innovation; Evidence from the UK's Innovation Survey||Aug 2003|
|8||Industrial Breakdown of the UK Innovation Survey 2001||Mar 2003|
|7||Regional Innovation Performance in the UK||Dec 2002|
|6||Innovative businesses and the science and technology base - an analysis using CIS 3 data||Nov 2002|
|5||Regional Breakdown of the UK Innovation Survey 2001||Aug 2002|
|4||UK Innovation survey 2001 (CIS3) Results||Aug 2002|
|3||Comparison of the 2nd and 3rd Community Innovation Surveys||Aug 2002|
|2||UK Innovation Performance: Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities, Threats and Main Problems||Jan 2001|
|1||UK Results from the 2nd Community Innovation Survey||Oct 1998|
The CIS3 Questionnaire is available in pdf format from the following link: