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A global perspective on science, technology and innovation (STI) 

 

The UIS collects R&D data from more than 200 countries and territories through its biennial research and experimental development survey and partnerships with other statistical organizations, such as Eurostat, Red Iberoamericana de Indicadores de Ciencia y Tecnología (RICYT) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

 

The UIS is also engaged in the dissemination of innovation statistics. The growing number of countries carrying out national innovation surveys, as well as the diversity of subjects covered can be accessed in the UIS Catalogue of Innovation Surveys. Moreover, the Institute has recently established an innovation data collection, which is conducted on a biennial basis, in alternation with the R&D survey.

 

Overall, the aim is to build a comprehensive global database that covers a range of internationally comparable STI indicators, such as R&D expenditure, R&D personnel, gender disparities in diverse fields of science, and the share of innovative firms per country. The data provide a global perspective that is relevant to policymakers on the state of the science and research infrastructure, as well as of the development of innovations in the business sector.
 
To achieve this goal, the Institute works closely with national statisticians to improve data quality at the national and international levels. By explaining how statistics are collected and used in their countries, these statisticians provide the UIS with guidance on constructing methodologies and survey designs.
 
This input is essential as many of the standard instruments used in STI surveys were designed for the world’s most industrialized nations. With the aid of national partners, the UIS is adapting these instruments to better reflect the structures of developing countries and expand the pool of data.

 What's New?

Results of the first UIS innovation data collection
The results of the first collection of innovation statistics are now available in the UIS Data Centre, covering 64 countries.
Updated R&D statistics now available
The most recent R&D statistics are now available in the UIS Data Centre, including data and indicators for 156 countries and territories. Key indicators include the human and financial resources devoted to R&D.
Conducting R&D surveys in developing countries
This guide provides information and model questionnaires for countries in the early stages of developing a survey to collect data on R&D.
Women in Science
While the number of women studying science has risen, relatively few go on to pursue careers in research. Our new data tool illustrates the extent to which the scientific community is losing a talented workforce.
How we measure innovation

The UIS is carrying out a new data collection on innovation statistics, the results of which will be released in mid-2014. Martin Schaaper, our expert on STI statistics, describes the steps required to produce these statistics by countries at all stages of development.

 

 The UIS and STI

Monitoring R&D

Adapting survey instruments and methodologies to better reflect the needs and contexts of developing countries.

Measuring Innovation
Developing new indicators and instruments to measure innovation in developing countries.
Tracking Doctorate Holders
A toolkit to track the careers of highly skilled individuals in countries at all stages of development.
 
Women and Science
The UIS collects gender-disaggregated statistics on Research and Experimental Development (R&D) by sector, area of research and level of education.
Training & Expert Meetings

Consult the reports from UIS training workshops and expert meetings.

 Did You Know...

In the European Union, 1.8% of GDP was spent on R&D in 2007, the same proportion as in 2002, which is far below the Lisbon target of 3.0% for 2010.

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