New UIS guide to conducting R&D surveys in developing countries
Research and experimental development (R&D) plays a vital role in a country’s economic development. In order to assess needs and progress at national and international levels, reliable R&D data are required to address specific challenges in developing countries.
When policymakers are equipped with precise information on financial and human resources, they are better placed to plan and monitor national R&D activities. While the OECD’s Frascati Manual has long served as the procedural guidebook in this field, the UIS addresses the challenges of developing and conducting R&D surveys in developing countries.
The latest in a series of technical papers, the “Guide to Conducting an R&D Survey: For countries starting to measure research and experimental development”, provides information for countries in the early stages of developing a survey to collect data on R&D.
The guide defines common R&D terminology and presents relevant indicators and what they measure. While addressing common issues encountered in data collection, the paper also provides a project management template, in addition to model questionnaires that countries can use to begin their collection activities. Countries can download the model questionnaires, adapt them to their own needs and use them in their survey practice.