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Community Innovation Survey 2018


The Community Innovation Survey (CIS) is a biennial survey that is conducted by the Central Statistics Office under the Statistics (Community Innovation Survey) order 2018 (S.I. No 455 of 2018) made under the Statistics Act, 1993. The information you provide will be treated as strictly confidential in accordance with Section 33 of the Statistical Act 1993 and with EU law. It will be used only for Statistical purposes.

This is a survey of innovation activities by businesses in Ireland and other EU Member States. Data from the survey allows benchmarking exercises to be carried out comparing innovation performance in Ireland with other European nations. Data and analysis from the survey underpins policymaking both in Ireland and in the EU and serves to promote further support for innovation across the economy.

The survey collects information about product and process innovation during the three year period 2016 to 2018 inclusive. Most questions cover new or significantly improved goods or services or the implementation of new or significantly improved processes, logistics or distribution methods. In order to be able to compare enterprises with and without innovation activities, we request all enterprises to respond to all questions unless otherwise instructed.

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