Innovation survey

Description of the data collection

The main objective of the innovation survey is to examine the generality of innovation activity by enterprises and to chart the characteristics and measures related to innovation activity. The survey collects data on the implementation of new innovations (product, process, marketing and organisation innovations) and the nature of innovation activity.

The survey is EU harmonised, so it is implemented with uniform data contents and methods in all EU countries. Statistics on innovation activity are based on Regulations of the European Union, which in part require the collection of the data in question (Decision No 1608/2003/EC of the European Parliament and the Council and the Commission Regulation No 995/2012).

The data collection starts in August. The deadline for the data collection is in September. The data collection is carried out every second (odd) year.

From whom are data collected?

The survey covers enterprises employing at least ten persons in manufacturing, mining and quarrying, electricity, gas and air conditioning supply, water supply and waste management, and in selected service industries.

Data are collected from all enterprises employing at least 250 persons and a sample is drawn from enterprises employing 10 to 249 persons.

The data supply obligation of enterprises is based on the Finnish Statistics Act (280/2004, Section 14).

Data processing

The Statistics Act obliges Statistics Finland to treat the data as confidential.

What are the data used for?

The data are used for research and to monitor and analyse the development of innovation activity in public administration, organisations and research institutes and in the business world, both in Finland and abroad, particularly in EU countries.
One of the objectives of the survey is to compare the innovation activity in different countries. The survey data are important when evaluating and developing technology policy both on the national and EU level.

The data from the data collection are used in the following statistics:

How often are data collected?

Other regular