Innovation Survey (CIS)
The Innovation Survey measures the innovation efforts of companies. The questionnaire enquires about product or process innovations and investments in innovations in the past 3 years.
The innovation efforts of companies in the European Union are systematically assessed by means of a questionnaire commissioned by the European Commission (Eurostat) and conducted since 1993 – biennial since 2005: the Community Innovation Survey (CIS). The harmonised survey methodology is based on the guidelines described in the Oslo Manual (OECD, 2018). All European Union member states are obliged to provide the European Commission with data concerning the innovation activities of companies within their country (Regulation EU 2019/2152).
The Flemish Region mandated ECOOM to administer the Innovation Survey (CIS) biennially. The collected data are displayed in summary statistics, and are used for the compilation of indicators and for ECOOM's research activities. The Flemish Government uses these statistics to better align its economic policy with real developments in the business world.
The main results of the Innovation Survey are published in the CIS report and the Flemish Indicatorbook (in Dutch). The data also allows companies to compare their own performance with that of other players of the same size class within their sector.
The Innovation Survey 2021 is closed. We are currently conducting the Research & Development Survey 2022.