Division: Public Health, Society and Belonging

South African National HIV Prevalence, Incidence and Behaviour Survey (SABSSM)

The HSRC is working together with partners in the planning and implementation of the 6th national household survey funded by the the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (Cooperative Agreement #GH001629).

The survey is the sixth in a series of population-based, cross-sectional household survey conducted in South Africa designed to assess the level of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and related health indicators. This multi-stage cluster survey of up to 85 000 randomly selected households in South Africa will provide representative data for some of the 52 districts.

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Division: Developmental, Capable and Ethical State

Social Attitudes Survey of South Africa (SASAS)

SASAS is a nationally representative, repeated cross-sectional survey that has been conducted annually by the HSRC since 2003. SASAS is increasingly providing a unique, long-term account of the speed and direction of change in the underlying public perceptions, values and social fabric of modern South Africa. SASAS thus represents a notable tool for monitoring evolving social, economic and political values among South Africans, but also demonstrates promising utility as an anticipatory, or predictive, mechanism that can inform decision- and policy-making processes. The series celebrated the successful completion of its 15th annual round in late 2017.

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Business Innovation Survey

Division: Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators

South African Business Innovation Survey (BIS)

The South African Business Innovation Survey is a flagship survey performed by CeSTII for the DSI.

Since 2005, CeSTII has conducted several rounds of the BIS, covering the periods 2002-2004, 2005-2007, 2010-2012, and 2014-2016 (to include farming, forestry and fisheries (2016-2018).

In February 2022, CeSTII announced the start of fieldwork for the 2019 - 2021 round.

R&D Survey

Division: Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators

South Africa National Survey of Research and Experimental Development Inputs (R&D Survey)

Countries that invest in R&D grow their economies, create jobs and have better human development outcomes. The HSRC, in collaboration with the DSI and Stats SA, has been measuring R&D investment in the public, private and research sectors for more than 20 years, informing policy development to support innovation and competitiveness.

The South African National Survey on Research and Experimental Development (the R&D Survey) is a CeSTII flagship, undertaken annually for the South African Department of Science and Innovation. Each year the R&D Survey reports the latest available data on R&D expenditure and performance across five sectors: higher education, science councils, government, business, and not-for-profit organisations. The survey’s statistics inform science policy development and are used to set government R&D priorities and funding levels, and for monitoring and benchmarking against other countries. This long-term research helps us understand R&D in the country and map changes over time.

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