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QUALITY DECLARATION - SUMMARY
The Survey of R&D, Higher Education is a census of in-scope institutions (refer to the Scope and Coverage section of the Explanatory Notes). The survey achieved a response rate of 100%.
There are no other data sources with which ABS higher education R&D data can be directly compared. However, some observations can be made which suggest the survey outputs give a reasonable indication of real world expectations and events. For example, trends in data aligning with expectations due to changes in the availability of research funds to universities.
While the ABS seeks to maximise consistency and comparability over time by minimising changes to the survey, sound survey practice requires ongoing development to maintain the integrity of the data, its relevance to the changing needs of users and the efficiency of the collection.
In addition to non-sampling errors, factors which may affect the comparability of 2016 estimates with those of previous cycles are described below:
R&D as collected by the ABS is defined in accordance with the OECD standard as "creative and systematic work undertaken in order to increase the stock of knowledge - including knowledge of humankind, culture and society - and to devise new applications of available knowledge".
The ABS Survey of R&D, Higher Education also uses classifications specific to R&D. Results presented in this release are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008 (cat. no. 1297.0).
Data providers report and self classify R&D survey information based on their interpretation of OECD and ABS definitions and classifications. The ABS makes every effort to ensure correct and consistent interpretation and reporting of these data by applying consistent processing methodologies. See the Non-Sampling Error and Revisions sections of the Technical Note for further information.
Further important contextual information, to be considered when interpreting the results presented in this release, is provided under the Explanatory Notes tab (including the Technical Note and Glossary).
Additionally, for a more comprehensive interpretation of the definitions and classifications relating to R&D activity, refer to:
In addition to main features (which include key findings commentary) resulting from the Survey of R&D, Higher Education, detailed data (in spreadsheet format) are included on the ABS website free of charge. Refer to the Downloads tab for these data.
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